Thailand to end Sinovac use this month

Thailand to end Sinovac use this month

Nonthaburi residents receive the Sinovac vaccine on Oct 11, 2021 at the Central Westgate shopping centre. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Nonthaburi residents receive the Sinovac vaccine on Oct 11, 2021 at the Central Westgate shopping centre. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Thailand will stop using the Covid-19 vaccine of China's Sinovac when its current stock finishes.

Thailand used over 31.5 million Sinovac doses since February, starting with two doses to frontline workers, high-risk groups and residents of Phuket.

In July, Thailand started inoculating people with Sinovac as a first dose followed by AstraZeneca. Thailand was the first country to combine Chinese and Western shots.

"We expect to have distributed all Sinovac doses this week," said Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, the Department of Disease Control director-general, adding the programme will switch to combining the AstraZeneca vaccine with Pfizer and BioNTech.

Thailand has so far vaccinated 36% of the estimated 72 million people who live in the country and hopes to reach 70% by year-end.

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Vocabulary

  • combine: to mix or be put together - รวมกัน
  • distribute: to give something out to many different places - แจกจ่าย
  • dose: an amount of drug that has been measured so that you can take it - ปริมาณยาที่ให้ต่อครั้ง
  • estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ
  • frontline: directly involved where fighting takes place - แนวหน้า
  • inoculate: to treat a person or animal with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease -
  • stock: an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it - ที่เก็บไว้ในสต๊อก
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