Thai PM given rapid response test for coronavirus following his extensive travels
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he also at risk of COVID-19 infection because he has travelled to many places in the course of the performance of his duties.
He was among several officials at Government House who were given rapid response tests to determine their antibody levels.
Regarding the current infection rate, which is fluctuating on daily basis, the prime minister said that health officials have managed to identify the sources of the infections, but, more importantly, everyone must now wear face masks when they are outdoors and maintain social distancing, adding that this is no time for finger-pointing.
The prime minister warned people not to get inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines which are not approved by the Food and Drugs Administration, as he referred to the case of Vibhavadi Hospital, which advertised online offering the Moderna vaccine for sale, as reported by Reuters.
Regarding the 20 million doses of vaccine ordered by the government from AstraZeneca, he said that the initial funds, amounting to 400 million baht, have been set aside to secure the vaccine via the National Vaccine Institute.
Forty-two more COVID-19 cases, including 21 Thais and 21 foreign migrant workers, were reported this afternoon by the CCSA.