Thailand steps up COVID-19 vaccine distribution for mass inoculation

Image: Siam Bioscience

BANGKOK, June 2 (Xinhua) — Thailand is speeding up COVID-19 vaccine distribution as preparation for a mass inoculation campaign due to start next week amid efforts to contain the country’s worst wave of outbreak so far.

Some 940,000 doses of vaccines have been distributed to vaccination centers nationwide on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan told a press conference.

This came ahead of the mass inoculation campaign, scheduled to start on June 7, as the country aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of 2021.

On Wednesday, the country reported 3,440 new COVID-19 cases, raising its total caseload to 165,462 from less than 30,000 at the beginning of April, when the third wave of outbreak started to spread from the capital Bangkok.

By regions, Bangkok still had the largest number of infections, with 680 new cases confirmed over the past 24 hours and 48 active clusters having been reported, according to the CCSA.

The country also reported 38 additional fatalities Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,107.

Siam Bioscience have released photos showing the first locally produced AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccines leaving the factory in time for the scheduled mass rollout on June 7.