Photo Essay: Medical workers ask US Embassy to monitor Thai gov vaccine distribution

Health care workers called on the US embassy to help monitor the distribution of mRNA vaccine arriving in Thailand this week.

The first batch of 1.5 million mRNA vaccine doses are due to arrive on June 29 with 700,000 doses allocated to frontline health workers, while the rest would be allocated to the vulnerable with health conditions.

The petitioners say they are concerned that the Thai government’s ambiguous mRNA vaccine distribution for healthcare workers would be taken advantage of and be given to other agencies.

The Network submitted the open letter to, Michael Health, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Bangkok.

The petition makes four requests:

  1. To make mRNA vaccines the main vaccine distributed to the Thai people.
  2. Transparency over how many health care workers have received the AstraZenica booster jab to properly allocate the Pfizer vaccine to other health care workers.
  3. To use cold-chain tracking of vaccines to show transparency of which brand and lot numbers have been administered to people, along with being accessible to the wider public.
  4. To have a key person responsibly in the instance problems arise with vaccine allocation or corruption.

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