A well being employee holds a field of the AstraZeneneca vaccine on the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Illnesses Institute in Nonthaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok.
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The coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca and the College of Oxford might be Thailand’s “principal vaccine” because the nation seeks to revive its essential tourism sector, the Thai public well being minister informed CNBC on Monday.
Earlier than these newest strikes, a number of international locations — together with Thailand — suspended the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine following studies of blood clots in some individuals who acquired the shot. However many lifted their suspensions after the World Well being Group stated its evaluate of accessible knowledge confirmed the vaccine’s advantages outweighing any dangers.
In Thailand, greater than 150,000 individuals have been inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and the share of people that developed unintended effects “is taken into account very low,” stated Anutin Charnvirakul, the nation’s deputy prime minister and public well being minister.
Anutin informed CNBC’s “Road Indicators Asia” that Thailand is awaiting additional deliveries of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, that are anticipated round June. Along with the AstraZeneca vaccine, Thailand additionally makes use of one developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, stated the minister.
Since end-February, practically 250,000 individuals in Thailand have acquired Covid vaccines, stated Anutin.
In contrast with many international locations globally, Thailand has reported comparatively few Covid instances and deaths. Official knowledge confirmed that as of Sunday, the nation has confirmed greater than 29,000 infections and 95 deaths.
However its tourism-dependent financial system has been badly hit, shrinking 6.1% in 2020 in contrast with a yr in the past as international locations restricted journey to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19, based on knowledge from the Workplace of the Nationwide Financial and Social Improvement Council.
Thailand is ramping up efforts to restart its tourism business, together with rolling out vaccines in “vital” numbers in well-liked vacationer locations akin to Phuket and Koh Samui, stated Anutin.
“We need to ensure that our individuals are secure, that’s our first precedence. So as soon as our individuals are secure, we consider that our company, particularly vacationers or any enterprise individuals, would positively come to go to our nation,” stated the minister.
To draw guests, Thailand has shortened the quarantine interval for foreigners arriving into the nation beginning this month. The nation can also be aiming to waive quarantine necessities for vaccinated international guests to its largest vacation island Phuket.