Corrected: Musing on monarch

28 09 2021

Those among our readers who are devoted followers of the official royal news will know that King Vajiralongkorn and his queen and major concubine finally showed up after months of invisibility.

Having been missing in inaction, the king and his retinue came out for Prince Mahidol Day on 24 September. If nothing else, Vajiralongkorn pays attention to his Chakkri Dynasty forebears. In this case, his grandfather Mahidol Adulyadej.

Officially, this was his first outing in two months.

Being invisible during Thailand’s peak virus outbreak can be read several ways. One would be to congratulate him for leaving the pandemic to the political leaders. Another would be to condemn him for doing nothing to promote vaccination and to “help” his “subjects” through the dark days of lockdown and deaths.

Who knows?

What we do know is that the king’s AstraZeneca vaccine factory still seems to be having trouble. We can say this because of a report that says the country is having to buy small batches of AstraZeneca vaccine from elsewhere:

A Foreign Affairs Ministry proposal to purchase AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines from Spain and Hungary was approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday, according to its spokesman.

Under the plan, Thailand would purchase 165,000 AstraZeneca doses at 2.9 euros (114 baht) each and 2.78 million Pfizer doses at 15.5 euros each from Spain, according to Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA.

The kingdom would also purchase 400,000 AstraZeneca doses from Hungary at 1.78 euros per dose, he said.

After all these months is seems to us that Siam Bioscience can still not meet demand.


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