Thailand aims to vaccinate 70% of people by Sep 21, health minister says

  • Thailand is aiming to administer one shot of a coronavirus vaccine to 70% of its population by Sep 21, its health minister said on 19 May 21 as it seeks to provide protection for more people faster amid its deadliest outbreak so far.
  • “We will focus on the first shots of vaccination to meet the target of 70% of the population by Sep 21,” Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a statement.
  • He reassured the public there would be no need to reserve a second shot as there would be doses available.
  • The government had previously aimed to vaccinate the 70% needed to reach herd immunity by the end of 2021 but has been criticised for being slow to procure vaccines and for a strategy that had relied overwhelmingly on one manufacturer, AstraZeneca.
  • Thailand is scheduled to start its main drive in Jun 21, when locally manufactured AstraZeneca doses are available.

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