Thai PM Apologizes for Postponed Covid-19 Vaccination

UMMATIMES - Prime Minister (PM) of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha apologized for the delay in vaccination of the corona virus (Covid-19).

Meanwhile thousands of private companies and public organizations in the country are vying to secure doses imported by the kingdom-backed academies.

Prayut Chan-o-cha said the delay was caused by supply and distribution problems.

Several hospitals in Bangkok were forced to postpone vaccinations scheduled for this week.

"I apologize for this problem and take full responsibility for solving it," Prayut told reporters, as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday (15/6/2021).

"We will try to manage this better in the future," he said.

So far 4.76 million of Thailand's more than 66 million citizens have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Thailand's strategy relies heavily on a local company owned by its king, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine for distribution in Southeast Asia, but has had to delay and scale down deliveries.

Thailand has been scrambling for more vaccines and diversifying brands in recent months.

Nearly 7,000 organizations, including private companies and provincial organizations, are seeking an "alternative vaccine" from the academy headed by the king's youngest sister, Princess Chulabhorn, the academy said.

It said last week 1 million doses of Sinopharm's vaccine should be available from June 20.

Opas Karnkawinpong of the Department of Disease Control said he expects 6.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to be distributed this month in total, of which 3.5 million have already been delivered.