Thailand to allocate Sinopharm vaccines to selected organisations as govt reports over 3,000 daily Covid-19 cases for 5 days in row

A health worker prepares a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against the Covid-19 at the Central Vaccination Centere, inside the Bang Sue Grand Station, Thailand, on Monday (June 21, 2021). - Reuters

BANGKOK, June 21 (Xinhua): Thailand's Chulabhorn Royal Academy will allocate an initial batch of the Sinopharm vaccines to prioritised organisations, the academy's Secretary General Nithi Mahanonda said on Monday.

Nithi confirmed that the Chulabhorn Royal Academy has planned to allocate this batch of Covid-19 vaccines, which arrived in Thailand on Sunday, to medical, educational and charity organisations ahead of others, which have already booked it.

He further said that other organisations such as the Federation of Thai Industries, which had requested for the vaccines, would have to wait for the second batch.

He assured that those organisations and companies would be provided Sinopharm vaccines in near future.

As many as 17,070 organisations and companies had registered to obtain the Sinopharm vaccine to inoculate more than 4.87 million employees in Thailand.

The vaccines were considered as an alternative to the mass inoculation program launched by the government on June 7, which has been proceeded so far mainly with China's Sinovac vaccines and locally-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccines.

Thailand reported 3,175 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Monday, marking the fifth consecutive day recording over 3,000 coronavirus infections as it was gradually easing restrictions for economic recovery.

With the new infections, the number of cumulative cases in Thailand rose to 221,306, with over 85 percent of them recorded since April 1 when the third wave of the pandemic hit and quickly spread across the country.

An additional 29 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded on Monday, taking the total fatalities to 1,658, according to the Center for the Covid-19 Situation Administration.

While the Covid-19 situation in Thailand remains severe, especially in the capital Bangkok and its neighboring provinces, the Thai government was easing restrictions nationwide gradually.

Effective from Monday, restaurants in Bangkok can serve food till 11 p.m., while swimming pools, educational institutions, libraries and stadiums are allowed to reopen.

As of Sunday, Thailand has administered over 7.67 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, of which 3.58 million doses were given after a mass inoculation drive began on June 7.

After more than 400,000 doses were given on the first two days of the campaign, the daily vaccine rollout saw a gradual decline with less than 100,000 doses administered on Sunday.

The Thai government has recently diversified its vaccine procurement by allowing private sectors to import more vaccines from different producers.

Thailand received a batch of China's Sinopharm COovid-19 vaccines Sunday to support its fight against the worst wave of the virus' outbreak so far for the Southeast Asian country. - Xinhua
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