Mon, 08 Mar 2021

BANGKOK, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A slim majority of Thai people believed COVID-19 vaccines will be effective, a latest Bangkok University survey has shown.

The poll, conducted on Jan. 18-20, surveyed 1,186 people nationwide via telephone interviews.

Some 51.3 percent of respondents said they believe any COVID-19 vaccine will be effective while 15.9 percent said they have little or no hope for it.

The poll found 39.6 percent of respondents are worried about side effects of the vaccines, while 17 percent said they are concerned over the efficacy and 7.8 percent said they are worried about smuggled vaccines without the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

Thailand has ordered 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and is scheduled to start vaccination next month.

The first shipment of 200,000 doses of vaccines, developed by China's pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, is expected to arrive in February.

However, the FDA has not approved the Chinese firm's registration for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine yet.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has permitted private companies to import COVID-19 vaccines as long as they register with the FDA, according to Anucha Burapachaisri, spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office.

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