AT A Cabinet video conference yesterday (July 13) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the suspension of a new strategy to mix coronavirus vaccines with the first jab being Sinovac and the second AstraZeneca after the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a strong warning against doing so, Sanook.com said.
This decision was made amid a spike in daily coronavirus cases and fatalities with the totals reaching 9,317 and 87 this morning (July 14), and this taking the death toll to 2,934.
Of the new batch of cases, 9,188 were among the general public and 129 in prisons and detention centres. The cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic has climbed to 363,029 and in the current wave that began in April 334,166.
Another 5,129 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 260,4584.
At yesterday’s Cabinet video conference a video clip of WHO’s daily coronavirus briefing was played with the UN agency’s officials warning against mixing and matching vaccines.
Gen. Prayut then ordered those involved in formulating this strategy to go back and reconsider. He stressed that this issue should be studied carefully as it affects people’s safety and the import of vaccines.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul told the meeting that mixing vaccines was studied by his ministry and tests reveal that doing so is more effective than giving two jabs of the same vaccine.
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