News – PH – Thailand launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign


FILE PHOTO: A container of Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines is unloaded from an airplane at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand Jan. February 2021 REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK – Thailand started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Sunday Cabinet ministers, health officials and health professionals were among the first in line to receive vaccinations

The first vaccine doses developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech were given to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also Minister of Health, including at an institute for infectious diseases on the outskirts of Bangkok

“I hope the vaccination will help keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19 and allow Thailand to return to normal as soon as possible,” Anutin subsequently told reporters

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, attended the event even though his age is outside the range of 18 to 59 suitable for receiving the CoronaVac vaccine from SinoVac so he did not receive it

Thailand received its first 200 this week000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine from China and 117.00 imported doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine

CoronaVac has been distributed to 13 high-risk provinces that will begin injecting frontline health workers and volunteers from Sunday, the Ministry of Health said

AstraZeneca’s vaccine will be ready for use after passing quality control tests in the second week of March, the company said in a statement

Thailand is expected to receive an additional 1.8 million doses of CoronaVac in March and April

A mass campaign to deliver 10 million doses per month of 61 million shots of AstraZeneca vaccines, made by local company Siam Bioscience, is slated to begin in June

With a total of just over 25000 infections, Thailand has escaped the fallout from which some other countries have suffered since the pandemic began last year

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News – PH – Thailand launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign