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Criticism of the Thai government’s slow vaccination campaign

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The Thai industry association, the FTI, blames the government for slow progress in vaccination against Covid and calls on the private sector to accelerate the vaccination campaign.

“The government is too slow to distribute vaccines,” criticizes FTI chairman Khun Supant Mongkolsuthree. According to the chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Khun Sanan Angubolkul, only 5,000 to 10,000 people are vaccinated every day in Bangkok.

If the government wants to vaccinate 70 percent of all Bangkok residents by the end of the year, the authorities would have to vaccinate 30,000 to 50,000 people a day. The government has only given 400,000 doses of vaccine so far, which is far too little.

Supant said the FTI has called on the government to speed up vaccinations and support the private sector in importing vaccines. “We want fewer legal regulations, especially those of the Food and Drug Administration, to be able to quickly buy vaccines from abroad,” he said.

Private sector approval of vaccinations will be another important channel to help authorities build herd immunity. Many companies have expressed interest in purchasing vaccines in the hope of vaccinating about 900,000 workers.

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