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Cabinet approves budget of over 6.3 billion baht for 35 million more vaccine doses

Maya Taylor



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The Thai government has approved a budget of 6.387 billion baht to procure an additional 35 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The budget was approved at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, according to a government spokesperson.

Nation Thailand reports that the budget will be divided into 5.6 billion baht, which will be spent on AstraZeneca vaccines, with 700 million baht going on preparation and rollout at a local level. It’s understood officials expect to take delivery of the new consignment at the same time as it receives the 26 million AstraZeneca doses and 2 million Sinovac doses already on order.

In total, this will give Thailand 63 million doses. In PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s “PM Podcast,” he said 63 million doses will cover approximately 31.5 million people. It’s understood the Public Health Ministry is also in talks with other vaccine manufacturers. Johnson & Johnson has already begun the process of applying to register its single-dose vaccine in the Kingdom. Thailand currently has a limited number of vaccine doses, with high-risk provinces and groups being given priority. The government plans to open vaccine registration to general members of the public in May.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:33 am

    And does the upcoming vaccine registration allow non Thai long term residents to register?

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    That works out to around 162 baht per dose, which is pretty good.

    So, with very basic maths, a complete vaccine roll out for the whole country, including expats and migrants, would cost less than 25 billion baht.

    Given even the most conservative / lowest estimate, that’s less than Thailand’s losing from the loss of foreign tourism EVERY WEEK ?

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    James R

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:48 am

    All they have to do now is wait for the vaccines to be produced and as Thailand ordered only recently there will be a long long wait for their order to materialise.

    If only they had ordered the vaccines months ago instead of those damn submarines.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

    They didn’t order submarines, James R, but there’s no shortage of money to buy vaccines so a growing number of Thais are starting to openly question why there has been such a delay and who, if anyone, stood to gain.

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