Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha apologised and took the blame for Covid-19 vaccination delays, while thousands of private companies and public organisations raced to secure doses imported by a royal-backed academy.
He said hold-ups were caused by supply and distribution issues, after some hospitals in Bangkok were forced to postpone scheduled inoculations this week.
“I apologise for the problem and would like to take full responsibility for solving it,” he said on Tuesday.
“We will try to manage this better going forward.”
So far 4.76 million of Thailand’s population have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The country’s strategy relies heavily on a local firm owned by its king, which is making the AstraZeneca vaccine for distribution in the region, but has had to delay and downsize some deliveries. — Reuters