Thailand: CCSA admits to vaccine shortage

  • The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has admitted there is a shortage of vaccine, with no deliveries expected this week.
  • The admission came after many hospitals announced they would have to postpone scheduled inoculations because of the lack of supply.
  • Gen Nattapon Nakpanich, who runs the CCSA’s day-to-day operations, said on 14 Jun 21 no vaccines were scheduled for delivery this week. However, he remained confident the target of 6 million doses for Jun 21 would be met.
  • The media briefing was ordered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the CCSA director, after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Public Health Ministry blamed each other for the scarcity of vaccines.
  • Only one week after Gen Prayut launched a nationwide inoculation campaign, hospitals have deferred jab appointments for this week, saying they were unable to obtain the vaccines.
  • The BMA also announced that the vaccination of Bangkok residents registering on the Thai Ruam Jai scheme would be postponed from 15 Jun 21.
  • Dr Opas said more vaccines would be distributed to all agencies, but he could not give any accurate timing.

External Link :