Thai Bits: Thai Government Is Negotiating With European Countries Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines, Former Nakhon Sawan Police Officer and Fugitive Turned Himself In

Thai Government Talking To European Countries About COVID-19 Vaccines

A health official said the government is in discussions with European nations to purchase millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, as the country tries to speed up its inoculation rollout to contain epidemics.
Thailand has been scrambling to secure vaccine supplies despite being the regional hub for AstraZeneca shots.
Earlier this week, the Bhutanese government announced it would borrow 150,000 AstraZeneca doses from the Himalayan kingdom.
“Some countries may have a surplus of AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, and will be able to sell 2-3 million doses each month,” senior health official Kiattiphum Wongrajit said.
Kiattiphum did not name any European countries involved in the talks. Around 9% of the country’s population of over 66 million has been fully vaccinated so far as it deals with its deadliest outbreak of Coronavirus.
1.1 million infections and 10,314 deaths have occurred since April due to the highly transmissible Alpha and Delta variants.
“New cases have peaked, and new infections will gradually decline,” Dr. Kiattiphum said.
AstraZeneca will deliver 61 million doses delayed previously by the end of this year, according to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
According to him, the coronavirus task force will decide soon whether to relax lockdown measures, including shortening a nighttime curfew and allowing diners who are vaccinated or have recently been tested to dine in restaurants, he said.

An Ex-Cop And Fugitive Turned Himself In

Chon Buri police seized the former chief of the Nakhon Sawan Muang police station.
On the same day, Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk was scheduled to hold a briefing at 9 pm. About 9.45 pm, he described the case and assured that he would not protect any wrongdoers. He let Pol Col Thitisan take reporters’ questions over the phone.
Pol. Col. Thitisan admitted he used bags on Jeerapong Thanapat, a 24-year-old drug suspect, during questioning, but said the motive was not to extort money from him.
Jeerapong saw photos of a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine and 20,000 speed pills on Jeerapong’s phone and thought it was a big case, so he tried to learn more about it, he said.
“I intend to get the information to destroy the drug business and protect the people of Nakhon Sawan. My subordinates just followed my order. I am solely responsible,” he said.
When asked why he used so many bags to cover Jeerapong’s head, he stated that he did not want Jeerapong to see his face, but the suspect kept trying to remove them, which forced him to tie his hands as well.
When Jeerapong lost consciousness, Pol Col Thitisan assumed the suspect was in shock because his wife had said he usually took large quantities of narcotics and was sleep-deprived.
Jeerapong, whose breathing was shallow and pulse was weak, was brought to a hospital by his team for resuscitation.
Asked why he ordered subordinates to remove security cameras at his station, Pol Col Thitisan said he was shocked by Jeerapong’s condition and had never experienced such a thing.
The reporters asked him how he felt when one of his subordinates sent the clip to the public after speaking to him for about 15 minutes. The deputy national police chief, Pol Gen Suchart Teerasawat, ended the session at this point, saying he didn’t want reporters’ questions to affect the case.
Thitisan was wanted for allegedly torturing Jeerapong to death at his Muang Nakhon Sawan police station in Nakhon Sawan province on Aug 6. Police said detectives had not yet concluded whether the death was the result of an attempt to extort money or gather information.
Pol Col Thitisan appeared at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok and was questioned by National Police Chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk.
Detectives were about to arrest Pol Col Thitisan in Chon Buri province, but the suspect said he wanted to surrender at the CSD headquarters, said Pol Maj Gen Jirapop Puridet, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau.
When asked about earlier reports that Pol Col Thitisan fled to Myanmar, Pol Maj Gen Ekarak Limsangkat, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 6, said Pol Col Thitisan called him and said he wanted to commit suicide.
He said he convinced Pol Col Thitisan to surrender and do the right thing to protect police honor.
Pol Maj Gen Ekarak said Pol Col Thitisan arrived at Saen Suk police station in Chon Buri at 4 pm.

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