BANGKOK— Thailand’s well being ministry mentioned on Sunday greater than 600 medical employees who obtained two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine have been contaminated with COVID-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to boost immunity.
Of the 677,348 medical personnel who obtained two doses of Sinovac, 618 turned contaminated, well being ministry information from April to July confirmed. A nurse has died and one other medical employee is in essential situation.
An skilled panel has really useful a 3rd dose to set off immunity for medical employees who’re in danger, senior well being official Sopon Iamsirithawon, informed a information briefing on Sunday.
“This can be a unique vaccine, both viral vector AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine, which Thailand can be receiving within the close to time period,” he mentioned, including that the advice can be thought of on Monday.
The announcement comes because the Southeast Asian nation reported a document excessive of 9,418 group infections on Sunday. On Saturday authorities reported a document of 91 new every day coronavirus fatalities.
Thailand has reported a complete of 336,371 confirmed infections and a pair of,711 fatalities because the pandemic started final 12 months.
The vast majority of Thailand’s medical and frontline employees got Sinovac’s photographs after February with the viral vector vaccine from AstraZeneca arriving in June.
Thailand is anticipating a donation of 1.5 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from america later this month and has ordered 20 million doses that can be delivered after October.
Neighbouring Indonesia, which has additionally closely relied on Sinovac, mentioned on Friday it might give the Moderna vaccine as boosters to medical employees.
By Chayut Setboonsarng