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Covid-19 vaccines from private sector importers allowed

Neill Fronde



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Thailand’s private sector will be allowed to purchase and import Covid-19 vaccines in Thailand, according to a government deputy spokesperson today. She declared that the government will not monopolise the vaccination market and that private enterprises can import Covid-19 vaccines for sale. A lot of confusion exists in the public regarding the situation with vaccines and the spokesperson stated that they wanted to attempt to clarify inaccurate information. The production capacity for vaccines in Thailand is far lower than the demand for people awaiting their Coronavirus vaccination.

“According to the Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry, as of April 5, countries had placed orders for up to 9.6 billion doses, and only 658 million doses have been administered so far.”

There are many different Covid-19 vaccines on the market, some of which have blanket approval and others that have been approved specifically for emergency use. More are being tested or undergoing the review and approval process by the Food and Drug Administration currently. Many manufacturers already have contracts for direct government sales, but the government is willing to allow private enterprises to make purchases on their own. This may lead to faster importation and distribution of vaccines.

Currently, the Thai government is importing Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac and AstraZeneca, while they’re eyeing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next. The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the American Moderna vaccine as well as China’s second vaccine, Sinopharm, and the Russian Sputnik V. Another vaccine, Bharat Biotech from India, has also just submitted its application. The Thai FDA is ready and willing to allow licensing for private companies to import vaccines as well, the spokesperson confirmed.

The vaccination roll-out underway in Thailand has been slow with a focus on key tourism sectors like Phuket where 100,000 vaccines have been received so far with hundreds of thousands more to come in the following months. There’s no information currently on what companies might import which Covid-19 vaccines and how they will be sold and administered.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Would love to see an article on where an expat can actually get a vaccine at this moment. So much talk about plans, but never any practical information.

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    Ian Bromley

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    So after months of actively preventing the private sector from acquiring vaccines there has been a change. Is this perhaps an indication that the government has realised the imminent disaster they have created by concentration on a single vaccine that is now seen as having serious weaknesses. All the military strategic thinking that they are supposed to have has been exposed as nothing more than logic clouded by short term thinking and the protection of vested interests. The government is rapidly losing the war against Covid.

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    James R

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Lets hope the private sector can obtain and administer the drugs a lot faster than the government is doing at the moment as I have had my two vaccines here in the UK, I am waiting to go there in July if they manage to vaccinate 70% of people in time. .

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Yes cash in on the pandemic you low lifes

    The Gov should provide all vaccines as other countries do
    But if Thailand can save not buying vaccine they will love the idea
    The poor cannot afford some of these vaccines anyway …
    So who cares the poor do not count

    Good Luck Thailand

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    I wondered how long the Thais would wait to sell the vaccines.
    Not long.
    I believe the government was holding back the vaccines so that their pals could sell vaccines and kick back to government officials.
    Thai citizens might die waiting for vaccines, but the Thai scum in charge do not care as long as they make money.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Well for the people who live here like I do, they did not order enough vaccines. We all know that. However if they allow private sector to order that’s a bonus. People will pay who want this quicker. Thailand will still offer free vaccines to everyone else. As they said they are now discussing for more orders from several vaccine companies.
    You can’t look at the UK and Israel they gambled and ordered vaccines a year ago.

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    Khao Lak

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:00 am

    maybe it’s just water or NaCl from the “private” sector

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    Kalyanaraman Santanam

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    how do you get vaccine to private entrepreneur, across the world vaccine manufacturers sell to governments only.

    in the name of vaccine private parties may inject distilled water, there are chances of expired and un controlled environment vaccine being inject to people.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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