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Thailand receives its first coronavirus vaccines

 

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Arrival of a shipment of 200,000 doses of the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand received on Wednesday its first 200,000 doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac, the country's first batch of coronavirus vaccines, with inoculations set to begin in a few days.

 

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to be among the first to receive the vaccine this weekend. Most doses have been reserved for frontline medical workers.

 

"Thank you to the People's Republic of China for delivering the vaccine this month and subsequent months," Prayuth said on the tarmac at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, where a refrigerated container bearing the flags of the two countries was lowered from a Thai Airways plane.

 

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul earlier this week said 117,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine would also arrive on Wednesday and that Prayuth would be among the first recipients.

 

Thailand is expecting to take delivery of a further 1.8 doses of CoronaVac in March and April, to be given mainly to health workers and at-risk groups.

 

The country has so far been spared of the kind of epidemic seen elsewhere, with just over 25,000 infections overall.

 

The vaccine's arrival comes amid some public criticism of the government and accusations it has been too slow to secure the vaccines.

 

Its mass immunization campaign, which aims to administer 10 million doses a month, is slated to begin in June, using 26 million shots of AstraZeneca vaccines produced by local firm Siam Bioscience. It has also reserved a further 35 million doses of the vaccine.

 

The government has said it plans to vaccinate more than half the adult population this year.

 

"We will procure more as we produce them so there is enough to create herd immunity in our country," Prayuth said.

 

He said the Chinese vaccine would need a few days to be prepared for inoculations.

 

"As for who will take it first is another story," he said.

 

(Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Martin Petty)

 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to be among the first to receive the vaccine this weekend

 

So why does it say in another article on the subject that he'll be getting the A Z jab .. 

Good to see the 'elf minister looking his customary confused self at the P M clapping .. or maybe someone has just superglued his palms together .. 

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PM hails arrival of Sinovac vaccine as a historic day for Thai people

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hailed the arrival in Thailand of the first lot of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China today (Wednesday) as a historic day for the Thai people and expressed his hope that the vaccine issue not be the cause of conflict in Thai society.

 

The prime minister, along with Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and several senior public health officials, were at Suvarnabhumi international airport this morning to receive the first delivery of the Chinese-made vaccine.  A large group of Thai and foreign media were also on hand to witness the event. 117,000 doses of the British-made AstraZeneca vaccine are also due to arrive in Bangkok soon.

 

The Chinese vaccine will be stored at the refrigerated reserve warehouse of the Government Pharmaceutical Organization,before they are distributed to 50 hospitals for the inoculation of selected groups, such as frontline medical personnel, people over 60 and those with severe congenital diseases.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/pm-hails-arrival-of-sinovac-vaccine-as-a-historic-day-for-thai-people/

 

 

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Didn't he say yesterday that he was going to have the AZ vaccine?

 

Now it seems he's having the Sinovac...

 

Yours,

 

Confused of Isaan.

 

 

Yup, he did:

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

a historic day

 

Thailand takes delivery of imported goods. In what way is it historic?  Or am i being overly cynical?

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2 hours ago, faraday said:

Didn't he say yesterday that he was going to have the AZ vaccine?

 

Now it seems he's having the Sinovac...

 

Yours,

 

Confused of Isaan.

 

 

Yup, he did:

 

 

 

 

Maybe he thought from public concerns maybe Sinovac would have less efficacy  (less than 50%?) with exposure to some of the Covid-19 variants such as So. Africa and UK. So double down with A-Z that requires two shots (maybe only one in combination of Sinovac?). 

Ah, the good fortunes of the powerful.

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11 hours ago, Justgrazing said:

 

So why does it say in another article on the subject that he'll be getting the A Z jab .. 

Good to see the 'elf minister looking his customary confused self at the P M clapping .. or maybe someone has just superglued his palms together .. 

 

... most likely sticky raisin from his 'medicals'.

 

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Up to now it seems Thailand has followed the lead from the WHO, so it might be useful to get some perspective from its leader, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who said the following:

 

“We cannot go back to the way things were.

 

Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed economies and societies. This one will be no different, in particular the pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.

 

The pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be - cleaner skies and rivers.”

 

Or perhaps we should listen to Bill Gates, who has invested billions in the vaccine business and who at a TED talk said the following:

 

“The world today has 6.8 billion people, that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care and reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 - 15 %.” 

 

The Biden and Johnson administrations have indicated that travel restrictions, mask wearing and social distancing may well need to be kept in place, despite vaccination programs. 

 

Perhaps their concerns are primarily on climate change and overpopulation too. 

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4 hours ago, faraday said:

Didn't he say yesterday that he was going to have the AZ vaccine?

 

Now it seems he's having the Sinovac...

 

Yours,

 

Confused of Isaan.

 

 

Yup, he did:

 

 

 

 

Because, as explained in that article, although admittedly not very clearly, the PM is over 60 yrs (66yrs).

 

The Chinese vaccine has not yet been cleared for the over 60s, AZ has.

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That headline Photo makes me want to throw up.

Pathetic, if there were 20 Million Doses, all well and good, but this is for a paltry 200,000 Doses, a purverbial P**s in a Puddle. 

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9 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Bit like the 7th cavalry at the Little Big Horn cheering the arrival of the Indians

and Davy Crockett cheering the arrival of Santa Anna and the Mexicans at the Alamo.

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

PM hails arrival of Sinovac vaccine as a historic day for Thai people

"PM hails arrival of Sinovac vaccine as a historic day for Thai people" as he is administered his AstraZenaca vaccination.  Lol. 

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