Ebene News – United States – Thailand News: PM warns vaccine critics

THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday (February 17) warned critics of the government’s vaccination program that they would be held responsible if their comments affected the delivery of COVID- vaccines 19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha takes issue with opposition criticism on day two of the censorship debate, which focused on the government’s COVID record, arms purchase programs and the shutdown of a gold mine in PhichitPhoto: Chanat Katanyu

General Prayut hit back at a member of the opposition Move Forward (MFP) party who questioned the government’s delivery of the vaccine, saying the issue should not be politicized

He said: “I’m afraid the comments about the vaccines will cause problems I don’t want it to be politicized You have to be careful If we can’t get what has been agreed because of this you have to accept responsibility “

He said the government was trying to solve the economic problems caused by the pandemic and fully appreciated the extent of the suffering of the people

“It’s because we have [real] information We don’t just surf social media,” said Gen Prayut “Having power doesn’t mean I can issue orders [I like] But I have to listen to the doctors and make sure the vaccines arrive as soon as possible. I don’t want any delays

“However, I stress that Thailand has been more successful in controlling COVID-19 than several other countries, and we are still trying to do even better”

The prime minister said he received reports that up to 80% of Thais wanted to be vaccinated while 10% had doubts and the rest were against Vaccines will arrive gradually and the situation will improve when Thailand will be able to produce its own COVID-19 vaccines, Gen Prayut said, stressing that those who need it most would receive the first injections

He also welcomed the news that the first locally manufactured vaccine would enter its first phase of human trials on March 1 and involve 210 participants The second trial is expected to start in April on 250 participants and the final trial is expected to start by the end of this year

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is working on the project with its international partners, including the Global Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York Together they developed pilot vaccine against NDV-HXP-S and laboratory tests show promising results

The GPO and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University are now working to prepare the pilot vaccine for the human trial, raising hopes that the country will soon be able to produce its COVID-19 vaccine at a rate of 25 to 30 million doses per year, said General Prayut

In yesterday’s censorship debate, MFP list MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn criticized General Prayut, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul for delaying in obtaining vaccines

He also questioned the government’s over-reliance on a company “According to a government estimate, if the vaccine rollout is too slow by a month, the economic losses will amount to around B250 billion per month, “said M Wiroj

“Therefore, every day that the government delays its deployment, the country will lose B83 billion, or B347 million per hour

“Vaccination is not only about preventing the epidemic – its importance is also in ensuring a faster economic recovery and reducing the plight of Thais across the country”

Thailand has lagged behind many other countries in the region that have already started immunizing, Mr. Wiroj He also asked why the government had not bought vaccines from Chinese company Sinopharm which used the same technology as another Chinese company, Sinovac

Sinopharm’s vaccine was licensed for general use on December 31 of last year, and its efficacy in third-phase human trials was as high as 7,934%, said M Wiroj, adding that Sinovac’s vaccines had not even produced third-phase human trial results

M Wiroj also criticized the government for not joining the World Health Organization’s Covax vaccination program, pointing out that many wealthy countries had joined the program, including Canada, Australia, Norway and many members. of the European Union

Government spokeswoman Anucha Buraphachaisri on Sunday responded to reports that Thailand was the only country in Southeast Asia to ignore WHO’s Covax program, saying that as a middle-income country, she was not eligible for free or cheap vaccines

If Thailand wanted to join the Covax program, it would have to pay a premium price for the vaccines and this carried the additional risk that the country would have to pay in advance without knowing the source of the vaccines or their delivery dates.

Thailand decided not to join the program to make its own deals because the government is not allowed to spend money on vaccines that have not been proven to work

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