Thailand ranks top in survey on mask-wearing and hand sanitizing in ASEAN

21 May 2020 (Readers 120)
Royal Thai Government

May 20, 2020, at the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, M.D., CCSA Spokesperson, disclosed that Thailand-owned mRna vaccine for COVID-19 is expected to be available next year. The vaccine, which is the result of a collaborative research between Chulalongkorn University, National Vaccine Institute (Public Organization), and Department of Medical Sciences, has been successfully tested in rats, and will be tested in monkeys next week. According to Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, the Prime Minister has made an order for concerned agencies to expedite the development of mRna vaccine, and conveyed his praise to the Thai scientists for the research progress.

On another matter, CCSA Spokesperson disclosed the result of the survey on personal preventative measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, conducted in six ASEAN nations (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam) by UK-based YouGov in partnership with the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) at Imperial College London. Among over 13,000 respondents across ASEAN, Thai people are most likely to wear facemasks in public (95%) and to use hand sanitizers (89%) during the past 7 days, which is the highest in ASEAN countries included in the survey.

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