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Thailand launches corona vaccination campaign amid more outbreaks

Bangkok: Thailand last month launched a massive COVID-19 vaccination program targeting 6 million shots in June amid efforts to contain its worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

According to the report, 986 vaccination sites across the country opened from June 7, as the country tries to vaccinate nearly 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population to build herd immunity by the end of the year. All eligible people will be vaccinated, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said while visiting a vaccination site here on Monday.

Some places outside hospitals and health institutions have been designated as vaccination sites to speed up the vaccination process in Bangkok, the epicenter of the latest wave of outbreaks. Outside Bangkok, some shopping centers and sports facilities have also been designated as vaccination sites for local residents.

Within the first two hours of the first day of roll-out, 143,000 people have been vaccinated. "A very good start for the country to achieve its goals", Natapanu Nopakun, an official of the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a briefing by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). As of Sunday, Thailand has delivered 4.2 million doses of vaccines, Ntapanu said.

A total of 2,419 new cases were reported on Monday and 33 people died, taking the total number of infections and the death toll to 182,548 and 1,297 respectively.

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