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FILE PHOTO: A woman receives the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Samut Sakhon hospital in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is aiming to administer one shot of a coronavirus vaccine to 70% of its population by September, its health minister said on Wednesday, as it seeks to provide protection for more people faster amid its deadliest outbreak so far.

 

Thailand has yet to start a mass immunisation programme and has been scrambling to secure vaccines from multiple brands after a new, more potent COVID-19 outbreak that has seen cases nearly quadruple and fatalities increase six-fold since early April.

 

"We will focus on the first shots of vaccination to meet the target of 70% of the population by September," Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a statement.

 

He reassured the public there would be no need to reserve a second shot as there would be doses available.

 

The government had previously aimed to vaccinate the 70% needed to reach herd immunity by the end of the year but has been criticised for being slow to procure vaccines and for a strategy that had relied overwhelmingly on one manufacturer, AstraZeneca.

 

Thailand is scheduled to start its main drive next month, when locally manufactured AstraZeneca doses are available.

 

Just over 1.5 million of Thailand's more than 66 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, mostly that of Sinovac Biotech. Those include medical workers or people with pre-existing health conditions.

 

Thailand has also placed orders for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Authorities have so far approved the vaccines of Sinovac, AstraZenaca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

 

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Alex Richardson)

 

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7 minutes ago, webfact said:

Thailand is aiming to administer one shot of a coronavirus vaccine to 70% of its population by September, its health minister said

 

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5 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

So is that about over half a million shots per day? 

Well, I guess it's good to have goals.

No, I think you are wrong, it's more like 500,000 shots a day for 1st shots, but dependent on how long they leave the second dose it could have to be up to a million shots a day. Either that or they'll be saying no first doses after September as they have to give the 2nd dose before 12 weeks runs out.

 

Thailand based on this roll out will need 30,000,000 doses of vaccine a day in the near future - I seriously cannot see that being available

 

I have this nasty feeling that at some point Thailand will run out of 2nd doses and nullify the 1st dose or something daft.

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7 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

 

No, I think you are wrong, it's more like 500,000 shots a day for 1st shots, but dependent on how long they leave the second dose it could have to be up to a million shots a day. Either that or they'll be saying no first doses after September as they have to give the 2nd dose before 12 weeks runs out.

 

Thailand based on this roll out will need 30,000,000 doses of vaccine a day in the near future - I seriously cannot see that being available

 

I have this nasty feeling that at some point Thailand will run out of 2nd doses and nullify the 1st dose or something daft.

 

I just did the rough math based on only doing first doses.

Do they even have prospects to even have that many doses in that timeframe, not to mention the logistics of delivering them?

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Thailand also has designs to go to space.

 

With farang and illegal migrants I'm guessing 75M. So, that's about 52.5m people.

 

All other junk news puts start date "sometime in June"

 

About 1.5m have been vaccinated allegedly.

 

Approximately four months or 120 days. About 410k per day.

 

So, that's 500 sites scattered throughout the nation and in the most difficult to reach areas.

 

Each vax center doing an injection every 45 seconds to finish end of September.

 

Not to mention the question of whether they have or can even obtain the vaccine. Communists to the rescue!

 

The stories get more outlandish by the day.

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On the face of it, this sounds like a pretty extreme over promise. What's the point of doing that? All I can think is to project the feeling that they are finally approaching vaccinations with the needed urgency. 

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Good luck with thqt!

 

Given their present vaccine roll out?  No chance whatsoever!

 

I hope they can ....but I also hope I will wake up 20 years younger, with a 20 year old beauty next to me, with a hundred million quid in the bank!

 

Seriously....why do they say these ridiculous things? Surely to god they cant think anybody believes any of it?!

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You need vaccines first, then you can talk about vaccinations.

Having wrote that, it's good that they delay second doses.  Its a huge game changer and gets more people protected quicker.

But I digress, there are no vaccines so what's the point here?  

Talk talk talk.  

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1 hour ago, RichardColeman said:

 

No, I think you are wrong, it's more like 500,000 shots a day for 1st shots, but dependent on how long they leave the second dose it could have to be up to a million shots a day. Either that or they'll be saying no first doses after September as they have to give the 2nd dose before 12 weeks runs out.

 

Thailand based on this roll out will need 30,000,000 doses of vaccine a day in the near future - I seriously cannot see that being available

 

I have this nasty feeling that at some point Thailand will run out of 2nd doses and nullify the 1st dose or something daft.

beat me to it

 

apart from the fact they will never have to available shots for one dose, this whole plan is a complete failure from the start, the second dose is just as' if not more important than the first, Anutin the builder better start listening to heath experts before he opens his mouth with this BS

 

and as for sinovac - nobody wants it, it might be considered as a last resort but definitely not first line treatment choice, it is being forced on people with an attitude - "better than nothing", I'd like to see a full financial audit of this G2G vaccine procurement 

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

So is that about over half a million shots per day? 

Well, I guess it's good to have goals.

I believe so... setting difficult targets is the way to go as failure is a strong incentive not to. 

But a lot seems to depend of the AZ coming through on-time.... and nothing  has done so yet. 

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

All I can think is to project the feeling that they are finally approaching vaccinations with the needed urgency. 

More like Lunacy

 

 

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At some point your second dose administration numbers had to go higher than first dose per day or you exceed time intervals. A very big ask I think. Uk giving hundreds of thousands a day and now more second than first dose, and just started to decrease time between <deleted>s too. Be good if Thailand can achieve their target, but don't promise the earth just to look good, will always come back to bite you on the behind.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is aiming to administer one shot of a coronavirus vaccine to 70% of its population by September, its health minister said on Wednesday, as it seeks to provide protection for more people faster amid its deadliest outbreak so far.

 

I am aiming to walk to town,😜😜😜  Never going to happen, just like Anutins claims of 70 per cent being vaccinated by september.

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Thailand aims to vaccinate 70% of people by September. 

 

Are these clowns also comedians? 

 

Since gambling is illegal I won't bet on a sure thing that it won't happen. 

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Here we go, the sixth or is it the seventh vaccination plan?!


After months of claiming vaccine was just not available, it was under pre order arrangements with other countries That is suddenly tossed . Good thing too, as they will need about 20  million 'more' by their own estimates. That is If the S Bio production estimate of 10 million a month stands. Always room for doubt there.

Looks like the privileged are getting restless down in Krungthep.

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3 hours ago, Fex Bluse said:

 

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70% is an ambitious target, more so when there are insufficient supplies of vaccine available.  However which 70 % of the population does he want to vaccinate. As Isan's population is approaching 30 % of the whole lets see, will they be the 30% ignored ? Wouldn't surprise me.

 

Mr PM, what is said about the lax attitude of the Brazilian President in the early days of the pandemic there, this is how they now go about looking after the poor ensuring the vaccine gets to them. Mr PM will you do that now that the rainy season is approaching ?

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

"We will focus on the first shots of vaccination to meet the target of 70% of the population by September," Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a statement.

Why does he always set himself up to fail?

 

This is so obviously unlikely that its laughable. All he does is provide false promises that lead to frustration and disappointment to the Thai population, no wonder the Change petition to get him sacked is still going strong.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The government had previously aimed to vaccinate the 70% needed to reach herd immunity by the end of the year but has been criticised for being slow to procure vaccines and for a strategy that had relied overwhelmingly on one manufacturer, AstraZeneca.

I might be wrong but should't that say Sinovac.

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Another day, another bunch of..

 

aims to...

will focus...

seeks to...

 

Meanwhile the Department of Action remains on holiday.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Jingthing said:

So is that about over half a million shots per day? 

Well, I guess it's good to have goals.

Followed by another fantasist, unreachable goal:

"We will focus on the first shots of vaccination to meet the target of 70% of the population by September," Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a statement.

He reassured the public there would be no need to reserve a second shot as there would be doses available".

There you go - dreamworld at its classic best!

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1 hour ago, colinneil said:

I am aiming to walk to town,😜😜😜  Never going to happen, just like Anutins claims of 70 per cent being vaccinated by september.

Is there something they are not telling us? A lot of the needles used by hospitals are sold to other countries like Burma. So when we start making the AZ vaccines will the millions of needles be reused or thrown away?

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