317k vaccine doses fly in

317k vaccine doses fly in

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks to reporters after the cabinet's meeting at Government House on Tuesday. (Screenshot)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks to reporters after the cabinet's meeting at Government House on Tuesday. (Screenshot)

The first 317,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac and AstraZeneca will arrive in Thailand on Wednesday, with 200,000 of them to be distributed to the 13 provinces considered to be the highest-risk zones.

The provinces with the highest infection rates are Samut Sakhon, Bangkok (western), Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Tak (Mae Sot district), Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkhram and Ratchaburi.

Also prioritised are four provinces of economic significance: Chon Buri, Phuket, Surat Thani (including Koh Samui) and Chiang Mai.


The doses arriving in Thailand are from two manufacturers -- 117,000 from British-Swedish multinational AstraZeneca and the rest from Chinese firm Sinovac.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's Facebook page said the first 200,000 doses from Sinovac will be given to priority groups within three days.

The first Covid-19 jab in Thailand will be given to the PM and it will be the AstraZeneca version.

A doctor had warned that the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine had been tested only on 18-59-year-olds and its efficacy and side effects were not known in other age groups.

Since Gen Prayut is 67, that vaccine would seem to be unsuitable for him.

The intervals between first and second jabs are 14-28 days for Sinovac and six weeks for AstraZeneca.

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Vocabulary

  • dose: an amount of drug that has been measured so that you can take it - ปริมาณยาที่ให้ต่อครั้ง
  • efficacy (noun): the ability of something to produce the results that are wanted ความมี - ประสิทธิภาพ, ความสามารถ, สมรรถภาพ
  • interval (noun): a period of time between two events - ช่วงเวลา, ช่วง, ระยะเวลา
  • jab: a vaccination - การฉีดวัคซีน
  • priority: something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else - การมาก่อน
  • significance: importance; the importance that something has because it affects other things - ความสำคัญ
  • unsuitable: not right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose or occasion - ไม่เหมาะสม
  • vaccine: a substance which contains a form that is not harmful of a virus and which is given to a person or animal to prevent them from getting the disease which the virus causes - วัคซีน
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