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No political discussions in meeting with PM's secretary-general, vaccine institute chief clarifies

By THE NATION

 

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Dr Nakorn Premsri

 

The head of the National Vaccine Institute (NVI) has clarified that there were no political motives in his meeting with the PM's secretary-general.

 

 

NVI director Dr Nakorn Premsri called a press conference on Friday evening after his meeting with PM’s secretary-general Disthat Hotrakit at Government House earlier that day was interpreted by some media channels as involving political issues, especially regarding questions raised by a prominent politician on vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca.

 

On Thursday, leader of the Progressive Movement, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, had questioned the government over its purchase of 26 million doses from UK’s AstraZeneca plus 2 million doses from China’s Sinovac, saying it might not be enough to inoculate the entire population. He also questioned why the government-funded Siam Bioscience was the only corporation given the right to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine in Thailand.

 

Read More: Unfazed by lese majeste charges, Thanathorn continues querying govt’s vaccine deal

“The meeting with the PM’s secretary-general along with Food and Drug Administration secretary-general [Dr Paisan Dankhum] was about the registration of Covid-19 vaccine in Thailand,” he said.

 

“We discussed related laws, regulations, and quality control of the vaccines. There were no discussions about political issues or about AstraZeneca as speculated by some media channels.

 

“We urge the media to maintain their journalistic professionalism by refraining from publishing news without confirming the source, as well as remove fake news from all their communication channels,” he added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401688?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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Fake and corrupted government cant answer any questions rised by thanathorn, just throwing at him 11 lese majeste charges and 116 computer crime law. 

it's the government, which politicised vax scandal and possible corruprion. So media are right to speculate on this meeting. 
 

unfortunately for the government, lese majeste and 116 charges are not working, people defy these laws, because they are overused to censor opposition

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Everything that is against the Government seems to be lese majestic... Journalists in the whole country are not allowed to asked critical questions.. All the news is censored  or people are unable to comment on some topics.. How on earth can you have an independent opinion if you can not hear, read or understand both sides???

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On 1/23/2021 at 11:32 AM, rooster59 said:

“We urge the media to maintain their journalistic professionalism by refraining from publishing news without confirming the source, as well as remove fake news from all their communication channels,” he added.

While the government hides behind "certain laws"  so as not to have to answer difficult questions or avoid open debate.

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