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The Ministry of Public Health has been pushed by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to pre-order Molnupiravir and Paxlovid, the anti-viral drugs that have proven effective in treating Covid-19. The drugs, produced by Merck and Pfizer respectively, have been shown in testing to reduce the severity of Covid-19 symptoms, hospitalisations and death due to the virus. Molnupiravir recently became the first approved Covid-19 fighting antiviral pill in the world as Britain gave the green light for use, the first country to do so. Pharmaceutical company Merck also announced plans to license out production for generic-drug makers to distribute to poor countries, though […]

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Strange with Thailand's covid numbers on a massive decline possibly heading to negative numbers.

PM Prayut pushes for pre-ordering of Molnupiravir and Paxlovid


Perhaps they know something we are not ment to know.

Shame he couldn't have pushed for good vaccines when Thailand was truly in control over Covid....

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More than a month ago it was reported (in Thaiger as well) that the government would order 200.000 courses of treatment and seek emergency approval. Even the price was mentioned.

If after a month it's still only a plan, Thailand is already at the back of the queue again.

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16 minutes ago, Benroon said:

Here we go more attention grabbing headlines 

Actions speak louder than words 

My thoughts precisely. Now if Anutin does place the order, Prayuth gets the credit. If he doesn't Anutin gets the blame. And that will be regardless of the efficacy of the drug. 

Of course, considering all the supply chain probs globally, it might not start getting to TH in any large numbers until spring, by which time this headline is likely to be forgotten. But from a PR stance, when in a crisis, there is nothing better than promising "jam tomorrow". 

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Having the drug interventions on hand may be a good strategy if they had a strategy for that yet. How to integrate it into the whole covid mess is another thing. Probably more arguing and infighting among agencies, causing more delays and inefficiencies 😕

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