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Thailand begins mass Covid-19 vaccine rollout using shots made by royal-owned company

June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Thailand began its mass Covid vaccination program Monday, following criticism of delays and concerns over health authorities relying on AstraZeneca shots produced by a company owned by the country's king.

Bangkok (CNN)Thailand began its mass Covid vaccination program Monday, following criticism of delays and concerns over health authorities relying on AstraZeneca shots produced by a company owned by the country's king.

Thailand plans to administer 6 million shots in June using the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines, according to the country's Public Relations department.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last month set a target of 100 million vaccine doses to be administered by the end of the year.

Thailand wants to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of the year, but so far only about 4% of its 69 million people have received at least one dose.

Meanwhile, the Philippines said on June 1 delivery of the first batches of an order of 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by Siam BioScience was delayed and reduced, according to Reuters.

Police said Thanathorn had committed lese majeste in a Facebook Live stream during which he said the government had mishandled the vaccine campaign and given an unfair advantage to Siam BioScience, according to Progressive Movement, the group headed by Thanathorn.

Thailand's disease control department said as of June 7 there were 2. 04 million AstraZeneca doses and 1. 5 million Sinovac doses available in the country.

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