According to Thai Pakdee’s (Loyal Thais) Warong Dechgitvigrom, the trend of flying to the United States to get a free vaccination of Pfizer or Moderna is a conspiracy to destroy the Kingdom of Thailand and to discredit our vaccines.
But what vaccines? Vaccines are so scarce even government ministers are fighting for quotas.
Palang Pracharat’s Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin wants a vaccine quota for his ministry.
“If you have thousands of staff, you can never know when they can register for the Mhor Chana App, when they can get vaccinated, and when herd immunity can be achieved. Therefore, you would want a [vaccine] quota to manage yourself,” he said.
The Tourism Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the Transport Ministry also want a vaccine quota. It’s understandable. They want to take care of ministry staff. The problem is there aren’t enough vaccines. Therefore, across the kingdom, people are lobbying and using connections to get vaccinated.
Vaccines are so scarce, the group “Rural Doctors” said the government wants to make 12 doses out of a 10-dose AstraZenca bottle in the emergency batch bought from South Korea.
The slogan “good vaccines are the vaccines that we have” isn’t correct. The reality is, we don’t even have enough Sinovac.
Siam Cement Group (SCG) is the largest and oldest cement and building material company in Thailand. It has never dealt in vaccines. Yet, it acted as a lobbyist between Siam Bioscience and the maker of AstraZeneca to import the vaccine and technical know-how to produce locally.
Accap Assets is a real estate company. When it tries to act as a lobbyist to connect the Royal Chulabhorn Academy and Tellus Agrotech, a distributor of Sinopharm, the company is dismissed because its portfolio doesn’t deal in vaccines. Furthermore, instead of investigating whether the claim of the 20 million doses deliverable within two weeks is authentic, the government wants to investigate Accap for spreading fake news.
For months, the government struggles to procure vaccines. The private sector requested the right to contact and procure vaccines directly. The goal is simple: save lives and resurrect the economy ASAP. The government said no. But when the Royal Chulabhorn Academy wants to procure Sinopharm, all bureaucratic red tapes are lifted, and Sinopharm is coming in June.
As soon as there’s a green light, the Royal Chulabhorn Academy can procure on million doses of Sinopharm quickly. So why not give the green light to private companies and hospitals? And why only one million doses?
There might be a vaccine shortage worldwide. Therefore the government struggles to find vaccines. But who’s fault is it?
While other countries were quick to procure vaccines from the beginning, our government places all its bet on AstraZeneca and SiamBioscience, believing we can wait until June 2021. But by February of this year, we found out we were wrong.
Well, tomorrow is June 2021. But as the government stated, the plan didn’t say 1 June. It’s just June. So now, we are looking to 7 June. Which the government also said could be any vaccine. They are all good vaccines.
One million doses of Sinopharm still isn’t enough. So here is how the story will end: Eventually, Siam Bioscience will roll out AstraZeneca, and with eternal gratitude, Thai Pakdee’s Warong will hail it the superhero, the superman who saves the kingdom.