Thailand is planning to stop inoculating its citizens with the Sinovac Covid vaccine after its current stock comes to an end. However, the nation was the first of its kind to mix a Chinese vaccine with a Western jab. It is said that mix-and-match vaccines are quite effective against COVID-19 and provide better protection. Although there is no authentic research for this statement, the Thai researchers claim that this method actually works. So far, the country has used 31.5 million doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine since February.
Thailand to Stop Using the Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine
Amid the current pandemic situation, Thailand has decided to stop inoculating its citizens with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. The nation will no longer vaccinate its citizens with the Chinese-made Covid vaccine and consider other options.
Moreover, the nation was the first in the world to mix two vaccines together and then inoculate its population. The officials decided to mix one dose of the Sinovac vaccine with Oxford’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab. In their recent statement, Thai authorities have claimed that they will not order more doses of the Sinovac vaccine after the current stock comes to an end.
The Mix-and-Match Method
In July this year, Thailand started to follow the mix-and-match vaccine procedure. The authorities decided to inoculate the citizens with one dose of Sinovac vaccine and then followed it with Oxford’s AstraZeneca vaccine. As mentioned above, the country was the first in the world to mix two different vaccines together. However, Thai researchers claim that the mix-and-match procedure is quite effective and offers better protection against COVID-19. Although there isn’t much data on this strategy, the authorities still believe that it is very operative.
Now that Thailand will not order any more doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, they will consider options. Opas Karnkawinpong, the country’s health official said that they will mix AstraZeneca’s Covid shot with that of Pfizer’s. However, the current stock of the Sinovac vaccine is expected to end in a month or two.
Thereafter, the officials will follow this new strategy of combining AstraZeneca’s shot with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Besides that, the country has already booked 60 million shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. So far, they have vaccinated 36 percent of their total population. The country is planning for a quarantine-free reopening plan from next month.