The Thai PM Apologizes For Slowness of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted on June 9th, 2021, there had been some delays in the government’s mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign that launched on June 8th, 2021, but promised this would improve as more supplies were received.
“I must apologize to anyone who experienced inconvenience,” he said after the cabinet meeting at Government House.
On June 9th, 2021, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha acknowledged there had been some delays in the government’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign, but he promised that this would improve as more supplies arrive.
He apologized to anyone who was inconvenienced after the cabinet meeting at Government House.
The PM said the government was receiving vaccines in gradual lots rather than all at once, which limited the distribution of vaccines.
“The government will try to acquire as many vaccines as possible rather than wait for contracted vaccines,” General Prayut said. “I think more vaccine doses will be delivered next month and services at inoculation stations in the provinces will be improved.”
“We do not want people who have registered for vaccinations to experience any further delays.”
When vaccines become available, they will be distributed to infected people, at-risk workers, tourists, and key economic areas added the Thai PM.
At least 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be administered to the Thai people, the prime minister said.
Sinovac signed agreements to buy 61 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by Siam Bioscience and six million doses from Sinovac.
The government will also order eight million more doses from Sinovac, 25 million from Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, and hope to negotiate for additional supplies.
Additionally, the government will receive a vaccine developed in Thailand, he said.
More than 400,000 doses of vaccination have been administered since June 7th, 2021. General Prayut said the country has now received more than 4 million vaccinations.
More than one million doses of Sinovac vaccine will arrive in Thailand tomorrow, according to Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary of public health. On June 14, AstraZeneca will boost supplies. In the last few weeks, 750,000 doses of Sinovac have been distributed throughout the country.
Anutin Charnvirakul, the Minister of Public Health, said vaccines had been allocated to all provinces, and it was up to officials to distribute them widely.

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