The Thai government has labelled claims by Sucharit Bhakdi that it is going to ban the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as “fake news”!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Bhakdi Claimed Thai Government Will Ban Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!
Retired professor Sucharit Bhakdi recently went viral, and sparked numerous articles claiming that the Thai government is planning to ban the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Allegedly, the Thai government decision came after the royal family was told that Princess Bajrakitiyabha was put into a coma by the Pfizer vaccine!
These claims were based on two short videos, edited out of a much longer 45-minute long video, that I reproduced below:
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Thai Government Calls Bhakdi Vaccine Claims “Fake News“!
The Thai government has called those viral claims by retired professor Sucharit Bhakdi “fake news”. Here is what you need to know!
Fact #1 : Thai Ministry of Public Health Called It Fake News!
On Friday, February 3, 2023, the Department of Disease Control of the Thai Ministry of Public Health posted a statement on Facebook, calling the claims by Sucharit Bhakdi “fake news”.
ข่าวปลอม อย่าแชร์! ❌
กรมควบคุมโรค กระทรวงสาธารณสุข ได้ดำเนินการตรวจสอบข้อเท็จจริง พบว่าประเด็นดังกล่าวนั้น เป็นข้อมูลเท็จ
ขอให้ประชาชนอย่าหลงเชื่อ และขอความร่วมมือไม่ส่ง หรือแชร์ข้อมูลดังกล่าวต่อในช่องทางสื่อสังคมออนไลน์ต่างๆ
Here is the English (machine) translation of their statement:
Fake news, don’t share! ❌
Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health has conducted a fact check found that such issues false information
The public is requested not to be fooled. We ask for your cooperation not to send, or share such information on social media channels.
Fact #2 : Thai Government Still Recommends Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
An official with the National Vaccine Institute, which is under the Thai Ministry of Public Health, confirmed to The Associated Press, that:
- there are no plans to change Thailand’s contract with Pfizer, or any other COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer already under agreement.
- the vaccine is safe and still recommended for the general public.
- Thailand is also evaluating the Pfizer bivalent vaccine booster dose.
- there are no plans yet to stop ordering the current Pfizer vaccine, and switch to the newer bivalent vaccine.
There are no orders to stop or slow down usage or reconsider its use. We are still moving forward and using it.
Fact #3 : Sucharit Bhakdi Claims He Spoke To Thai “Advisors”
While calling some of the online claims as an “exaggeration”, Sucharit Bhakdi wrote in an email on Monday, February 6, that he spoke to “highest ranking advisors”.
I did speak with highest-ranking advisors to the government and Royal Family, thereby explaining why Thailand could and should annul the Pfizer purchase contract.
No more, no less. And they seemed to be convinced. Nothing has happened due to internal counter-movements. We are renewing our efforts, however, and with luck there will be things to report in about 2 weeks.
But note the curious turn of phrase – “highest-ranking advisors to the government and Royal family”, instead of just saying “highest-ranking government officials”.
That is open to interpretation – were those “advisors” actual Thai government officials, or just Thai activists whom Bhakdi believes are advising the Thai government and/or Royal family?
Fact #6 : Unknown If Princess Bajrakitiyabha Was Vaccinated
Despite Sucharit Bhakdi’s claims that Princess Bajrakitiyabha received her third dose just 23 days before her collapse, I simply cannot find any evidence of that.
Neither Princess Bajrakitiyabha, nor the Thai royal family, or even the Thai government, has ever publicly revealed her vaccination status.
Perhaps Bhakdi is privy to her vaccination status, but he did not share any evidence to back up his claim, and I cannot corroborate his claim.
Unless and until the Thai royal family or government reveal her vaccination status, and what (if any) COVID-19 vaccine she received, it would be wrong for anyone to claim (without evidence) that she was injured by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #7 : Princess Bajrakitiyabha’s Cause of Collapse Still Unknown
The Thai palace released a statement on 19 December 2022, in which it stated that “no heart defect could be found“, dismissing earlier assessments that she suffered a cardiac event.
Later, the palace said that she suffered a brain aneurysm, and in a January 7 statement, attributed her collapse to an irregular heartbeat caused by a mycoplasma infection.
While we can debate whether the Princess’ condition was caused by an arrhythmia caused by a mycoplasma infection, or a hemorrhagic stroke from a ruptured brain aneurysm, one thing seems certain – it had nothing to do with any COVID-19 vaccination.
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