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Princess steps in to approve alternative vaccine imports


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Princess Chulabhorn, sister to His Majesty, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has signed a decree to allow the Chulabhorn Royal Academy, which she sponsors, to import Covid-19 vaccines. It’s understood that the institution will import another Chinese vaccine, Sinopharm, which the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve in the coming week. The surprise development has been confirmed in the Royal Gazette and comes as the government struggles to get on top of its own vaccine procurement plans. In recent weeks, those plans have been dogged by a series of mixed messages, the scrapping of the vaccine registration platform, flip-flopping over […]

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1 hour ago, Thaiger said:

a decree to allow the Chulabhorn Royal Academy, which she sponsors, to import Covid-19 vaccines

Could be a right royal conflict of interests here, with her brother's business, Siam Bioscience, reportedly already producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, under a so-called technology sharing deal with AZ.

Could get interesting, methinks, especially with PM Prayut hardly knowing which side of his head to scratch first, having become tangled with so many prospective vaccine sources.

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