Thailand on Tuesday defended mixing two totally different COVID-19 vaccines to battle a surge in infections, after the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s high scientist warned that it was a “dangerous trend” not backed by proof.
The kingdom is struggling to include its newest outbreak fuelled by the extremely contagious Delta variant, with circumstances and deaths skyrocketing and the healthcare system stretched skinny.
Authorities mentioned they’ll combine a primary dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac jab with a second dose of AstraZeneca to try to obtain a “booster” impact in six weeks as an alternative of 12.
Thailand’s chief virologist Yong Poovorawan mentioned this might be doable by combining an inactivated virus vaccine — Sinovac — with a viral vector vaccine similar to AstraZeneca.
“We can’t wait 12 weeks (for a booster effect) in this outbreak where the disease is spreading fast,” he mentioned. “But in the future, if there are better, improved vaccines… we will find a better way to manage the situation.”
‘A Data-Free, Evidence-Free Zone’
His feedback come a day after the WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan known as the technique a “dangerous trend”.
“We are in a bit of a data-free, evidence-free zone as far as ‘mix-and-match'”, she mentioned.
Thailand has reported greater than 353,700 coronavirus circumstances and a couple of,847 deaths — the majority of them detected for the reason that newest wave kicked off in April from an upscale Bangkok nightlife district.
Healthcare employees had been the primary in line to obtain Sinovac, however authorities mentioned Sunday practically 900 medical employees — most of them vaccinated with that shot — obtained COVID-19. They will now additionally get an AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot, authorities mentioned.
Virus hotspot Bangkok and 9 different hard-hit provinces are actually underneath harder restrictions that embrace a night-time curfew and a ban of gatherings over 5 folks.
The administration of Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha has come underneath vociferous criticism for its dealing with of the pandemic, from accusations of vaccine mismanagement to the dearth of presidency compensation for affected sectors.
On Tuesday, his cupboard permitted a 30 billion baht ($920 million) rehabilitation scheme to assist companies — together with retail, leisure and development — affected by the extreme restrictions in Bangkok and 9 different provinces.
Residential utility payments similar to water and electrical energy may even be lowered for 2 months, the cupboard mentioned.
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