Health Minister becomes first person in Thailand to receive Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine, witnessed by Thai Prime Minister

Bangkok –

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first person in Thailand to receive the first Covid-19 vaccine from the Sinovac company, followed by four other ministers, witnessed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha.

A group of several cabinet ministers arrived at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi this morning, February 28th, to receive the first Covid-19 Sinovac vaccines on their first day of distribution.

The first person who was vaccinated was Anutin Charnvirakul, under the supervision of Dr. Yong Poovorawan, a medical professor in pediatric hepatology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University. The Prime Minister and other ministers were also watching closely for encouragement.

The next injection was Satit Pituthecha, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Itthiphol Khunplume, Minister of Culture and former Pattaya mayor, Kanokwan Vilawan, Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, and Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director-general of the Diseases Control Department.

According to health officials, Sinovac’s vaccine injection cannot be applied to the Prime Minister due to his age, 66. Therefore, he has to wait for the AstraZeneca vaccines, which is in the process of production verification.

3,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Institute will be injected into 1,500 people, whose ages are between 18 to 59 years old, particularly frontline health personnel who work with the infectious, high-risk medical staff at state quarantine, other medical staff that may be involved with infected patients in Nonthaburi, and patients with underlying disease such as severe chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Photo Courtesy: Thairath

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