Last week we reported that a group of organisations on Phuket were planning to put proposals to the Thai government to obtain and vaccinate 70% of the adult population by October in an attempt to restart the foreign visitor tourism industry.
There have not been any official response to these proposals as yet from the Thai government however Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister has suggested that this will not be possible, at least in the short term. In an official statement today he stated that local administration organisations and private organisations would not be able to import any Covid-19 vaccines, at least for the time-being.
The Thai vaccination programme is due to start later this month. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that the first 200,000 doses are due to arrive later this month with a further 800,00 due in March.
Recent calls from the Thailand Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking for the tourism sector to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines have also not been answered as yet.
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