Coronavirus

Thailand’s Covid count nears 100,000 as minister says don’t wait for Moderna

THE Public Health Ministry said this morning (May 15) that the daily Covid tally of 3,095 cases took the cumulative confirmed total to 99,145 with 70,282 having emerged in the current wave of infection that started early April, Amarin TV stated.

There were 17 coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours taking the total to 565 fatalities. Another 1,351 patients have been cured adding up to 63,667 who have recovered with 36,241 having done so in the current wave.

Meanwhile Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul urged people not to wait for the Moderna vaccine which the Food and Drug Administration just registered this week with the other vaccines the government has obtained being of good quality and able to protect people from dangers arising from a Covid infection.

 He added that as the American biotech company Moderna already has an agent in Thailand, with this being Zuellig Pharma Ltd, the agent will be importing the vaccine directly without going through the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO).

Private hospitals should therefore place their orders with Zuellig Pharma with only those unable to obtain the vaccine from the agent having the option of contacting GPO to arrange it for them.

Dr. Pongpat Patanavanich, vice president of the Private Hospital Association, said that the purchase of Moderna vaccine could be made directly with the importing company,  Zuellig Pharma, but right now this company does not have any vaccine to deliver.

In another development, the Din Daeng central market is being closed during May 16-21 for cleaning and disinfection after proactive testing there from May 10 onwards found that some traders and workers had been infected.

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