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Thai government gives green light to private hospital associations to acquire alternative Covid-19 vaccines, additional hospital beds, and field hospitals to urgently provide in Bangkok


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The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today, April 9th, has ordered the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to add hospital beds following the temporary halt of Covid-19 test procedures in some private hospitals due to the shortage of facilities.

The CCSA also officially approved for private hospitals to acquire an additional 10 million doses of Covid-19 alternative vaccines under the supervision of government agencies, according to CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

Teweesilp told the press: “Some private hospitals in Bangkok had stopped providing the Covid-19 test, reasoning that they were out of the test kit. But the true reason was that they were inundated with walk-in patients during the past few days following a major cluster stemming from Bangkok entertainment venues, causing the lack of hospital beds and other facilities.”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, as the chairman of the CCSA, then ordered the BMA and relevant agencies to provide an additional 5,000 beds at the hospitals in order to expand the capacity to accept the infections. Field hospitals will also be built in the capital to facilitate more patients that could possibly quickly increase in the near future.

“Moreover, the CCSA will also seek to issue measures for private hospitals to be able to transfer infected patients to other available hospitals. Those who have slight symptoms or/and are asymptomatic will be transferred to another quarantine place without hospitalization,” the spokesperson added.

Regarding the vaccination, the CCSA also gives a green light to the policy for the private sector to help procure more Covid-19 vaccines, initially with 10 million shots. The Prime Minister also ordered the government agencies to facilitate them in purchasing and distributing procedures.

Teweesilp stated: “The government now plans to provide about 75 million doses, which can be distributed to 35 million people. However, the Public Health Ministry estimates that a total of 40 million people will need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity, so they are still in need of 10 million doses to be vaccinated into another 5 million people.

“Fortunately, private hospitals offered themselves to purchase and import the rest of the required vaccines to be allocated in Thailand.”

Private sectors will now be able to procure coronavirus vaccines from alternative companies that had already been approved by the Thai FDA, including the single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s vaccination.

However, the allocation procedure is still under discussion. The related government agencies, departments, and private hospital associations will host a joint meeting in order to come up with solutions to help provide an additional ten million doses.

Committee’s chosen by the CCSA was given one month to report back to the CCSA with a functional policy for the alternative allocation plan of the vaccines, the CCSA spokesperson concluded.

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