100 million doses of vaccines are needed to generate herd immunity in Thailand
vaccination of over 70% of the country’s population, or 50 million people, in order to generate herd immunity, so that the country can return to normality.
In his Facebook post on Friday, Dr. Yong, an virology expert at Chulalongkorn University, said that, to inoculate 50 million people, including children, with two doses each, Thailand would have to procure about 100 million doses of vaccines or, if children are not included, 85 million doses will be needed.
Given the 63 million doses ordered, including the few million already available, he said that more vaccines will have to be procured, to meet the required amount to generate herd immunity.
Meanwhile, according to the CCSA, 79 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand today (Friday), including 65 locally-acquired infections, 12 infections among arrivals from abroad in state quarantine and two who crossed the border from Myanmar illegally.
Of the 65 locally-acquired cases, 50 are from Samut Sakhon, 14 from Pathum Thani, six from Bangkok and one in Chon Buri.
Cumulative infections, since early last year, are 26,241, with 25,641 recoveries and 85 deaths. 515 others are still being treated in hospitals.