Sinovac vaccines to arrive Wednesday, Prayut volunteers for first jab

Thailand will receive its first 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac on Wednesday, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, who also said he will personally oversee the delivery and take the first dose if possible.

The vaccines would be rolled out first to those most at risk, namely doctors and elderly people, Prayut said. He further urged people to be careful in receiving the vaccines because each person will have different side effects.

The Sinovac vaccine has been found to have different efficacy rates in different countries, with 65 per cent in Indonesia, 91 in Turkey, and 78 in Brazil, later corrected to 51.

Health Minister Anutin Charnwerakul also said he was willing to be the first to receive the vaccine.

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