11 July 2024

Former Pheu Thai MP Dr. Tossaporn Serirak is demanding full disclosure of the distribution of the 1.5 million doses of Pfizer mRNA vaccine, donated to Thailand by the United States.

Claiming to represent the “people’s sector”, Dr. Tossaporn submitted a petition this morning (Wednesday) to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, demanding disclosure, by the Public Health Ministry, of the full details of the distribution of the donated Pfizer vaccine.

He told the media that he has received complaints from several frontline medics and others, who are involved in caring for COVID-19 patients and in the disposal of disease-infected waste, expressing doubts about the vaccine distribution, noting that several people, who are not frontline medics or who are not supposed to receive the vaccine, have been vaccinated.

He suggested that the names of the people who are to receive the Pfizer vaccine must be made public, like the eligible voters whose names are posted at the polling units for the sake of transparency.

A familiar face at protests, organised by the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, Dr. Tossaporn also said that the 40,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, reserved for students and expatriates who want to travel abroad, are not necessary because the vaccine is meant for frontline medics, foreigners residing in Thailand and people in frail health.

Mr. Anutin later said that the ministry has distributed the vaccine to make sure that every frontline medic is inoculated without discrimination, as he assured that there is no special vaccine quota for VIP or privileged groups.

Thailand has administered over 324,000 Pfizer third “booster” shots to date, out of a total of 21.7 million doses administered – 16.7 million first doses and 4.69 second doses.