Prominent Thai doctor says lockdown measures aren’t working, tighter ones won’t work either, ease them to save the economy and consider an export ban on Covid19 vaccines and greatly boost vaccination program

PHOTO: Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs

Bangkok –

More Covid-19 infections and fatalities from the Delta mutant will be increased in Thailand if there is no proper vaccine allocation in the next 100 days, a Pulmonary disease specialist of Vichaiyut Hospital stated online today, August 12th.

Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs of Vichaiyut Hospital predicted the Covid-19 situation in Thailand via his online statement that the number of domestic infections and deaths from the Covid-19’s Delta mutant will continue to increase regardless of how intense the lockdown measures are.

The status read: People’s homes have become the place where high infections occurred overall, so some lockdown measures should be relaxed immediately before the Thai economy became even worse. The current measures are only hurting the economy and the people and not stopping the spread of Covid-19. Vaccines are the answer here not tighter restrictions, curfews, and lockdowns.”

“In the next 100 days, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections may increase to 35 million people, meaning that half the country will be infected, and about 30,000 Thai people would be dying if we don’t maximize the vaccination program even further and urgently.”

PHOTO: BMA Health

The doctor advised that the only way to decrease the infections and the hospitalized is to accelerate the vaccination process within the next 100 days to “warp speed”. One major suggestion of his was to stop exporting locally produced Astrazeneca temporarily.

Dr. Manoon continued: “Injecting 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca as the first dose daily for a grand running total of 40-45 million Thai people is a must within 100 days. We cannot wait until the end of this year or next year. When more vaccines are available, then we will give people the 2nd dose. We cannot afford, literally as an economy, or as people healthwise, to keep these restrictions and the current pace of vaccinations for many more months. Plenty of research shows that even one dose of AstraZeneca provides significant protection against Covid19, including the Delta Variant.”

“The major problem we are facing right now is a severe shortage of vaccines,” he added. “Currently, Siam Bioscience has a production capacity of approximately 10-15 million doses per month. However, if Thailand imposed an export ban law, Thailand would have 30-45 million doses of vaccine in the next 3 months. But this would temporarily impact other countries in the region in terms of reducing the amount of AstraZeneca vaccinations. But I believe other countries would do the same as us if they were facing a similar Covid-19 situation as bad as us.”

Such a decision, notes TPN media, would have political ramifications with nearby countries that have an agreement with Thailand to supply Astrazeneca vaccines such as Vietnam and the Philippines.

His original post in Thai is below.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.