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Thailand aims to give 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine a day

BANGKOK (Sept 25): Thailand aims to administer up to  a million doses of vaccines a day to ramp up its Covid-19 vaccination drive amid plans to reopen key tourist destinations to fully-vaccinated travellers.

The vaccination drive include giving boosters jabs for target groups who received two doses of the Chinese vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Thailand is scheduled to receive 15 million doses COVID-19 vaccines this month and additional 20 million doses next month. 

“Therefore, we hope to administer one million doses a day including giving booster shots to strengthen the wall of defence against the highly contagious COVID-19 variants,” he was quoted saying by Bangkok Post.             

On Friday, Thailand administered more than 1 million doses of COVID -19 vaccine in conjunction with Prince Mahidol Day, a day to commemorate Prince Mahidol Adulyadej’s contributions to the development of medical education in Thailand.

At present, Thailand administers between 600,000 and 800,000 doses a day. 

Thailand aims to inoculate 4.5 million students aged 12 to 17 with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in October. 

To date, Thailand has administered about 47.3  million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since its vaccination drive kicked off on February 28. 

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 cases in Thailand dropped below the 12,000 mark. 

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 11,975 new COVID-19 cases and 127 deaths, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 1,549,285 and 16,143 fatalities.

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