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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the procurement of 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from various sources, on top of the 100 million doses procured for this year, to make sure that everyone in the country is inoculated and that there are reserves left over for future use.

 

Due to the ever changing situation, he said that Thailand’s vaccine acquisition program must not rely on the assumption that herd immunity will be developed if 50 million people in Thailand are inoculated, while pointing out that it remains unclear when or whether herd immunity will actually be developed against a virus which keeps mutating.

 

The prime minister added that there remain several unanswered questions about the efficacy of vaccines whether two doses are enough to develop immunity.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailand-orders-an-additional-50-million-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines/

 

 

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As long as vaccines are not available, I expect the number of ordered vaccines to increase.  Next September, when there is still no mass vaccination, I expect an announcement of a deal for one billion

I have just ordered a rocket ship!   Doesn't mean it's coming. 😞

Next September, Covid will be history. This September, most will have got the vaccine. 

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Thailand raises vaccine supply target to 150m doses

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand has again raised its supply target for COVID-19 vaccine, from 100 million to 150 million doses, to ensure everyone in the country is able to have access to the vaccine, while making sure there is still enough for booster shots addressing certain variants.

 

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has revealed on his Facebook post the government’s new plan for the country’s inoculation program, with the vaccine supply target now raised to 150 million doses, to cover the entire 60 million adult population in Thailand with shots to spare.

 

This new vaccine target will ensure everyone in the country has access to the jabs, beyond the number of people required to achieve herd immunity.

 

On his post, the Prime Minister said there are now uncertainties as to how long the immunity created by mass vaccinations would last; whether a booster shot will be needed; whether heard immunity can actually be achieved, as well as concerns about delays in vaccine delivery from manufacturers, all of which poses the need for extra vaccine procurement.

 

Thailand initially ordered around 63 million doses of vaccine to vaccinate some 31.5 people by the end of this year. The plan has since been changed to 100 million doses to cover 50 million people by the end of this year, a newly adjusted target to achieve herd immunity.

 

Thailand’s inoculation program is to rely heavily on a limited supply of Sinovac vaccine from China, while the vaccination drive for the general public will start in June with a mass supply of AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured locally by Siam Bioscience.

 

The Prime Minister said he has urged all related agencies to accelerate vaccine deals and negotiations. Currently, the Thai government is in talks with seven manufacturers, including Pfizer which can tentatively supply 10-20 million doses to Thailand in Q3-4 this year. The government is also planning to negotiate vaccine deals with more manufacturers as well.

 

The government has also encouraged private hospitals to purchase vaccines from Moderna via the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, however these jabs will be provided by private hospitals at a charge, to complement the government’s inoculation program.

 

The government has now adjusted its guidelines for the vaccination drive by focusing on providing the first shot of vaccines to as many people as possible. The prevailing sentiment in the medical community is that a single shot of vaccine can immediately help reduce the transmission and the severity of the disease.

 

With this new approach, the government is now optimistic half the adult population in Thailand will get their first jabs by late-July.

 

 
 
 
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2 hours ago, Neeranam said:

Next September, Covid will be history.

I also think this assumption is realistic, that threshold countries like Thailand are maybe through with it at this point.

 

But:

 

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This September, most will have got the vaccine. 

 

I cannot understand this forecast, even though I would of course wish it to be so.

However, it is more in line with the rather vague to insubstantial announcements of the government, but even there I have not heard any such optimistic tones so far, with the exception of TAT of course.🙃

 

So what reliable facts do you refer to in your statement?

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3 hours ago, Bkk Brian said:

He's just woke up to the reality of the situation, better late than never, it does help that Anutin has been sidelined otherwise we may still be back to their original plan.

 

All jokes aside, I have never liked this man or his cabinet, and I still don't, but we have to give him credit for side lining that "dirty" Anutin who failed everyone.

 

Since taking hold of the Raines, we are moving forward at a much much faster pace than that "dirty" Anutin who was absolutely useless in his position as Health Minister.

 

I believe Prayut will deliver on doing his his best to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of the year, i.e. if they are willing to take the medicine. 

 

As for Covid getting out of control and the many deaths since beginning of April, well he is responsible for that, isn't he.

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1 hour ago, sathornlover said:

I also think this assumption is realistic, that threshold countries like Thailand are maybe through with it at this point.

 

But:

 

 

I cannot understand this forecast, even though I would of course wish it to be so.

However, it is more in line with the rather vague to insubstantial announcements of the government, but even there I have not heard any such optimistic tones so far, with the exception of TAT of course.🙃

 

So what reliable facts do you refer to in your statement?

I am not an expert. Just my  opinion based on what I hear. We are starting next month with phase 2, then phase 3 in a a couple or 3 months. 

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47 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

All jokes aside, I have never liked this man or his cabinet, and I still don't, but we have to give him credit for side lining that "dirty" Anutin who failed everyone.

 

Since taking hold of the Raines, we are moving forward at a much much faster pace than that "dirty" Anutin who was absolutely useless in his position as Health Minister.

 

No disrespect, but I am truly amazed that you actually believe that. The real control is not Anutin and never has been as he is just a mouth piece pawn in place for the collective of Junta called the council. Now that SB with the the AZ is almost open and set to let the games begin next month, we and the Thai will probably only after a few more to several months see any doors opened for other vaccines other than the Sinovac or AZ. One mission one plan and the rest is lip service that is wreaking with deception. I may be wrong, but their actions and non actions speak volumes for their real intent.

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33 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

 

Dream on. They will be lucky to achieve this by the late fall.

A Happy New Year gift for many from Prayut me thinks.

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It's just the daily hopium.

 

It has now been announced all neccesary vaccines have been 'ordered'. We therefore need no more news stories about vaccines being ordered.

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