BANGKOK, March 16 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Health authorities on Tuesday gave the green light for use of AstraZeneca jabs in Thailand, after an investigation of post-vaccination adverse events in Denmark indicated no link to the vaccine.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha wants the Public Health Ministry to speed up the country’s vaccination drive, after he suffered no side effects from his AstraZeneca jab.
He added that he and the 15 ministers who received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Government House on Tuesday were all fine.
Thailand followed European countries by suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week over reports of blood clots in some recipients.
The reports are being investigated but no link between the vaccine and the blood clots has been found.”It has been verified that there is no bad reaction from the AstraZeneca vaccine, ” said Prayut after getting his jab this morning.
The PM also said private hospitals should be allowed to procure their own vaccines to meet the country’s ambitious monthly target for vaccinations.
“Meanwhile, we urge the Public Health Ministry to allow hospitals to import Covid-19 vaccine without waiting for the government’s approval, as we aim to vaccinate 10 million people per month,” he said.
He added the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will consider easing Covid-19 preventive measures on Friday (March 19).
“However, this will depend on everyone’s cooperation in obeying measures to contain the spread, such as using the tracking application and wearing face masks, especially in places with high risk of Covid-19 infection,” he added.
Thailand on Tuesday confirmed 149 cases of coronavirus infection, mostly via active testing in Bangkok, a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) showed.
Of these new cases, 144 were domestic infections and five others referred to imported cases, the CCSA report said.
Among the domestic cases, those confirmed via active testing for the coronavirus included 90 in Bangkok and 31 in Samut Sakhon, among other provinces, the report said.
Bangkok’s domestic cases mostly referred to vendors and visitors at usually-crowded marketplaces in Bang Khae area on the Thonburi side of the Thai capital.
Thailand has so far confirmed a total of 27,154 cases, 24,218 of which were reported as domestic while 2,936 others referred to those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in this country.
So far, 26,299 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 768 others are currently hospitalized and 87 fatalities have been reported. – The Nation Thailand/ANN