Thailand begins its VACCINATION PROGRAM
It is a little later than expected, but finally, Thailand kicked off its Covid-19 inoculation yesterday morning, with medical professionals, health officials and cabinet ministers first in the queue to get their vaccinations.
The first vaccine by Chinas Sinovac Biotech had been given to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also the health minister, among others at an infectious diseases institute on the outskirts of Bangkok.
After his vaccine, Anutin told reporters “I hope that the vaccination will result in people being safe from the spread of COVID-19 and it allows Thailand to return to normalcy as soon as possible.”
Unfortunately for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, he was not suitable for the vaccine as he fell outside the age range of the 18 to 59 group, however, he did attend the event.
This week, Thailand had the first shipment of 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine 117,00 imported doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
So far “CoronaVac” has been distributed to 13 high-risk provinces and will start vaccinating front line health workers and volunteers reported the health ministry.
As far as the AstraZeneca vaccine, this will be ready by the second week of March as it has to go through quality control testing and after that, Thailand is expected to receive another 1.8 million CoronaVac in March and April.
June is set to be a bigger month, as 10 million doses a month will start with 61 million shots of AstraZeneca vaccines produced by local firm Siam Bioscience.
With a tally of just over 25,000 infections, Thailand has escaped the kind of fallout suffered by some other countries since the pandemic began last year.