Foreign media opinions on Thailand’s mixed vaccination
Many countries are now entering the New Normal era where people who have been vaccinated do not need to wear masks anymore. Including the opportunity to attend various events such as concerts or football matches, etc. However, when looking back to Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. It can be said that the pandemic is heavy again. The number of infected people has increased and as of July 15, 2021, there are 9,186 new cases and 98 more deaths, making the health department responsible for controlling the COVID- 19 need to find urgent measures to solve the covid problem. On July 12, 2021, the National Communicable Diseases Committee of Thailand approved the vaccination of different types of vaccines together. Those who have received the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine will receive a second dose of AstraZeneca, which is the world’s first vaccination with a combination of these two brands. And of course, after this news was released, there was a lot of criticism among the Thai people and international media. Which media will have an opinion or report on this matter? Let’s go and see!
British news agency Reuter reports that Thailand will be the first country to mixed up vaccines based on the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines. However, Reuter points out that there are currently no studies about the combination of the two brands of vaccines that came out. Although many countries have begun to consider vaccinating or increasing the third dose (booster dose) because they concern that the new virus could circumvent vaccine immunity. The report added that Thailand plans to provide mRNA booster vaccination to frontline personnel who have received Sinovac injections.
CNA news agency from Singapore also reports the news about vaccination in Thailand as well. It also reported that Dr. Sumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization came out to comment on the mixing of vaccination is dangerous since there is no data and evidence concerning the vaccination.
Back to another famous news agency, such as the BBC, which has a dedicated Thai language department, also reported this news as well, which BBC Thai referenced the opinions of Dr. Sumya from the WHO, as well as the CNA news agency by Dr. Sumya further explained the process. The resulting pairing tends to be dangerous because there is very little research data on formulated vaccinations. However, she also says that people should not make this decision on their own. But it should also depend on the decision of the public health authority based on the available data as well. A group of Thai people who have had as many as 1,200 vaccinations has been vaccinated with different types of vaccinations, but no severe side effects were found. Therefore, it is one confirmation that alternating these two vaccines is safe in real life.
Although almost all news agencies around the world come out to report on the Thai vaccine plan. Including many Thai people have expressed their opinions on this plan. The relevant departments still moving forward to mix vaccines. On July 14, Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office has told reporters that the Prime Minister has no policy to suspend the use of combination vaccines/switch formulas. And asking all parties to listen to the opinions of the National Communicable Disease Committee to be considered carefully. In terms of alternative vaccines, it appears to be another dependency among Thai people who have not been vaccinated at all. There is no clear indication of what date it will come in or which month exactly. Most recently, Dr. Boon or Dr. Boon Wanasin, Chairman of the Board of Thonburi Healthcare Group Public Company Limited, and Loy Chunpongthong, a mathematician and astronomer, was also rumored to be accused by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) of false advertising, causing the GPO damaged and disseminating false information about the purchase of the Moderna vaccine. However, Dr. Boon came out to say that “If the GPO sues me, it will be a good thing because of the various documents of the Pharmacy Organization will be disclosed in the middle of the court about all the purchases of vaccine and how much” How will the story end? We just have to wait and follow the news.
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