PM’s Covid jab put off as daily count stays low

THE Public Health Ministry has postponed giving Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the first coronavirus jab in this country due to an administrative issue while the daily Covid count again remained below a hundred at 72, said.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said in a Facebook post at 11.30 a.m. that the new batch of 72 Covid cases raises the cumulative confirmed total to 25,881 but death toll remained stationary at 83.

Of the overall cases of infection 25,022 patients have recovered while 776 are still undergoing treatment.

From today’s total of cases 63 were domestic while nine overseas travellers were quarantined. The domestic cases were divided into two groups, with 50 having emerged from surveillance and service systems and 13 through proactive search in communities.

Of the nine quarantined travellers, three came from the UK and one each from Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Ghana and Myanmar.

Meanwhile Ms. Natreeya Thaweewong, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, confirmed at 8.10 a.m.that rumours that Prime Minister Prayut will not be the first person to be vaccinated tomorrow is true with the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department having put it off.

This postponement was necessary because while the first lot of AstraZeneca vaccines has arrived, being sent by South Korea, it has only been certified by South Koreans.

In the absence of an official certificate it is necessary to postpone using this lot of vaccines, the spokesperson said, adding that this was more essential because the Prime Minister is over 60 years of age.

However the Sinovac vaccines from China have successfully cleared certificate verification procedure.

Once the AstraZeneca vaccines too clear this hurdle and pass through Thai medical science inspection then they could be used.


Top:Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: National News Bureau of Thailand

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