Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Cabinet approves Pfizer purchase, plus another 10.9 million Sinovac doses



PHOTO: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

The Thai Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the purchase of 20 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, along with another 10.9 million doses of Sinovac. According to a Bangkok Post report, the PM’s spokesman Anucha Burapachasri says the budget for the Sinovac purchase would come from the executive decree loan and would not exceed 6.1 billion baht. The budget for the Pfizer purchase has not been confirmed. In addition, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation has received approval to purchase doses of the Moderna vaccine on behalf of private hospitals.

In addition to the government’s order, Thailand is also expected to receive 1.5 million donated Pfizer doses this month. It’s been reported that the US government has donated the vaccines. Udom Kachintorn, adviser to the government’s Covid-19 task force, says Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca would be given as boosters to around 700,000 medical workers who’ve already received 2 doses of the Sinovac vaccine. The second group to be prioritised will be the elderly and those with underlying conditions.

“The priority is to give a booster shot to some 700,000 fully vaccinated medical workers, who received their second shots 3-4 months ago. The booster shot could be Pfizer – if it arrives in time – or AstraZeneca.”

According to Udom, a small study involving 8 people showed that someone who had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose of Sinovac was given AstraZeneca for a second dose and went on to develop 8 times more antibodies than those who’d been given 2 doses of Sinovac.

However, he adds that mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, will become the primary vaccines in future. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is also considering a mix-and-match approach, using doses from different manufacturers in the vaccination regimen, in an effort to further boost immunity.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


Get more from The Thaiger

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Visa2 mins ago

Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa

Phuket33 mins ago

Thousands join Chinese ceremony at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Coronavirus (Covid-19)37 mins ago

Bang Sue’s Central Vaccination Centre officially closed

Thailand40 mins ago

Nuan the cat feline good about upcoming APEC meeting

Weather1 hour ago

Bangkok area flood caused by 100 sandbags in drain

Thailand1 hour ago

VIDEO: Shooting range employees save man from suicide in northern Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime1 hour ago

Gold necklace theft on Pattaya Beach Road

Phang Nga2 hours ago

Japanese man drowns near Phang Nga resort

Thailand3 hours ago

Foreigners anger Chiang Mai locals for kissing in temple

Transport3 hours ago

Korean Air resumes two routes to Thailand

Road deaths4 hours ago

16 year old driving BMW crashes, killing young graduate in northeast Thailand

Bangkok4 hours ago

Murdered woman buried in 7 bags under expressway

Tourism4 hours ago

Maya Bay reopens once again to the public

Thailand4 hours ago

30 trail runners stuck in Isaan forest due to flash flood

Pattaya4 hours ago

Pattaya woman crashes after allegedly racing Belgian man who dissed her car

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11