Coronavirus

Public health group petitions PM to quickly import other vaccines

A GROUP of public health personnel led by two doctors today (July 7) handed in a petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to speed up importing mRNA vaccines, that is Pfizer and Moderna, to control the coronavirus crisis in the country, Matichon newspaper said.

Dr. Santi Kitwattanapaiboon, a general practice physician at Kaeng Nueng Private Hospital, and Dr. Tossaporn Serirak, a representative of the network of public health personnel, handed in the petition to Gen, Prayut via Mr. Somphat Nilphan, an adviser to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.

They urged the Prime Minister to expedite importing the two vaccines to be used as the main ones in controlling the spread of this infection and preventing fatalities in his capacity as head of Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) executive committee.

This petition was signed by 200,000 public health personnel and the general public through http://www.change.org that has both the Doctors Won’t Tolerate group and ordinary people as members.

Dr. Santi said the number of coronavirus cases and deaths has continued to increase, especially infection by the Delta strain and it is estimated that within two months infections by this variant will mount in Bangkok and it will become the main one in Thailand thus worsening the situation.

He urged Gen. Paryut to import Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and use them as the main ones to inoculate the public free of charge.

Dr. Santi also asked the Prime Minister to disclose all the vaccination data so that they can be examined and also provide better vaccines for frontline workers who are an important force in the current crisis.

Dr. Tossaphon asked Gen. Prayut to quickly resolve this problem and not let people reach the end of their tether and doctors be forced to set up a tent in the lawn of the Government House as a field hospital for Covid patients.

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Representatives of the group handing in their petition today. Photo: Matichon

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