The comment in the leaked document prompted calls from prominent Thai health experts, including a top medical council official, to give health workers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot.
The hashtag “Give Pfizer to medical personnel” trended on Twitter in the country, con más que 624,000 tweets on Monday.
Senior health official Opas Karnkawinpong told reporters the document was not real, sin embargo, contradicting health minister Anutin.
Anutin said the comment on the booster shot was “just an opinion” and there was an expert panel to set vaccine policy. He added that two doses of Sinovac’s vaccine were effective and “deliver results beyond the standard.”
Thai experts have urged the government to use various types of coronavirus vaccine to better protect the population.
It is relying mainly on AstraZeneca shots
, locally manufactured by royal-owned company Siam BioScience
. Authorities say Moderna’s mRNA vaccine will also be available
Thailand has procured 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for future delivery and will receive 1.5 million doses donated by the United States later this month.
Organización Mundial de la Salud experts have found the Sinovac vaccine was effective in preventing Covid-19 in adults under
60, but cautioned that there wasn’t enough quality data on the risk of serious adverse effects