Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he sought an urgent budget worth 600 million baht for Thailand’s joint efforts with other countries to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019.
The prime minister would decide if the budget would come from the government’s central budget or a loan. However, the budget should be allocated as soon as possible, Mr Anutin said.
“A vaccine will be a key tool to fight against COVID-19,” he said.
Mr Anutin also said that he followed up anti-government demonstrations and found that 90% of demonstrators wore face masks.
Meanwhile, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration reported a new COVID-19 case, a Thai national who had returned from Indonesia and been quarantined.
The new case raised the total to 3,378, 3,194 of whom recovered. The death toll had stood at 58. (TNA)