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50 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine, more Moderna expected to be purchased

50 million more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and an unspecified amount of Moderna vaccine are likely to be purchased by Thailand, to address the continual surge in infections and…

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Thai government still betting big on Sinovac as public faith erodes

In order to boost public confidence in Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul took the first jab in Thailand on February 28. The Chinese vaccine has since become…

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Dr Yong: Thailand’s top COVID strategist comes under fire

Like Dr. Anthony Fauci in the United States, Prof Dr. Yong Poovorawan has been at the forefront of his country’s battle against COVID-19. As a chief medical adviser to the government,…

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Public health minister gives moral support to embattled Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has given moral support to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology, who is under pressure by an online…

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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine inside the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok on June 7, 2021, as mass vaccine rollouts begin in Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s mass vaccination drive stutters off the start line with more hurdles ahead

Thais are experiencing déjà vu amid fear of vaccine shortages, confusion about free vaccination, and authorities’ empty assurances. Events in the run-up to the second week of nationwide mass vaccination…

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Anutin denies responsibility for continuing vaccination appointment postponements

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has denied that the Public Health Ministry has anything to do with the postponement of vaccination appointments, scheduled for this week, by numerous private…

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Thai PM apologises as many vaccination appointments postponed

As many people have seen their vaccination appointments cancelled or postponed, due to insufficient allocation of doses to several parts of the country, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha apologised at a…

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Pre-registered vaccine recipients’ appointments cancelled before inoculations began today

A number of pre-registered vaccine recipients received phone calls late this morning (Monday), notifying them of the cancellation of their vaccination appointments, with no new appointment being made. All those…

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Syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine lay on a table at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Thailand to buy 25 million doses of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer vaccines

The Thai government is expected to buy 25 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines this month, while 50 million more doses are to be procured next year…

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A medical staff member injects a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine into the arm of a man from the Klong Toey community at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s AstraZeneca plan stumbles again as third wave rises

In October last year, the government chose the AstraZeneca vaccine as its main weapon against COVID-19. However, arming itself with AstraZeneca shots has proved difficult, and it now looks like…

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Thai Govt. approves walk-in COVID-19 inoculation facilities in all provinces

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul approved walk-in COVID-19 vaccination facilities in all provinces today (Wednesday), hoping to inoculate at least 70% of the population. The approval came as the…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on February 28th, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

COVID-19 vaccines, the hot topic for Anutin

“There is no challenge”, responded Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, when asked by Thai PBS World what he thinks is the most challenging factor in the latest wave of…

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Controversy, delays and now a health scare – Thailand’s vaccination drive stalls again

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s COVID-19 vaccination was again cancelled at last minute on Friday. The cancellation adds another twist to the already-dramatic story here of the COVID-19 vaccine that has…

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Health minister upset at being accused of lying by Thanathorn

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he is disappointed with Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for his use of outdated information, about the Public Health Ministry’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement…

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Health Minister Anutin becomes the first Thai to be given COVID-19 vaccination

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on Sunday morning, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. The inoculation was administered by…

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Thailand

British-made COVID-19 vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca arrived in Thailand yesterday, according to a social media post by the Public Health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. Anutin posted that 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca…

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Public health minister’s clarification of Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccine deal

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has acknowledged Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s doubts and reservations over the vaccine deal, between Siam Bioscience and Oxford-AstraZeneca, and thanked him for his…

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Medical personnel register a security guard for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Communication breakdowns leave Thailand vulnerable to second virus wave

When it comes to staying safe from COVID-19, knowledge is power. However, Thais seeking clear guidance on the crisis were hit by yet another communication breakdown this week, as government…

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Thailand’s health minister apologizes for not wearing a face mask

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has offered a public apology for not wearing a face mask, while attending a social event to commemorate US United States Independence Day, at…

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Anutin hits back at claim that money lured former Future Forward MPs to his party

Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul has cried foul over the leak on social media of a telephone conversation, apparently between two former members of the now defunct Future Forward party….

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Flight leaves Don Mueang this morning to evacuate 142 Thais from Wuhan

A group of Thai medics left Don Mueang international airport this morning for the Chinese city of Wuhan, on a flight chartered from Thai Air Asia, to evacuate 142 Thais…

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Three controversial farm chemicals to be banned from December 1st

The National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) has agreed, by majority votes, to ban the import, sale and use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in Thailand from December 1st. The Committee…

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Health Minister tells supporters of 3 controversial herbicides to spell out their merits

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has challenged supporters of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos to spell out the merits of the chemicals to him directly. “Why has…

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Most people say current political situation affecting their mood 

About 88% of poll respondents say that the current political situation has affected their mood, whereas 11.2% say it does not make a difference. The pollster, Super Poll, conducted a field survey of…

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