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Anutin assures vaccine supplies for Phuket, Samui before tourists return


There are enough doses of Covid-19 vaccine for people in Phuket and Surat Thani’s Samui Island to immunise local people before tourists return, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday morning.

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The minister told the press that the new cluster found recently in Samut Prakan province was under control.

Also, he said that 800,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine, which had arrived in Thailand late Saturday, would be distributed to important areas in Phuket and Samui Island at 100,000 doses and 50,000 doses, respectively.

The rest of the vaccine would be distributed in Samut Sakhon, he said, adding that the distribution was in line with an epidemiological practice.

Anutin added that to boost Thailand’s economy, the government must distribute the vaccine in economic or tourism hubs first.

He assured that there was enough vaccine to deal with the present situation in Thailand.

Asked if it were possible to distribute 900,000 doses for people in Phuket, in order to immunise them before foreign tourists return, Anutin assured it could be arranged.

 

Published : March 22, 2021

By : THE NATION