Connect with us

Coronavirus Vaccines

Made it! A million Moderna doses donated by the US arrive in Thailand

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Flickr/Marco Verch

A million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, donated by the United States, have arrived in Thailand. The Bangkok Post reports that the US donation touched down yesterday afternoon. Michael Heath from the US Embassy in Bangkok says this is the second US donation of mRNA vaccines following a donation of 1.5 million Pfizer doses in July.

“This new shipment reaffirms our support to Thailand as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder to overcome this global pandemic. While the first tranche of vaccines helped Thailand contain the Covid-19 outbreak, this second tranche will help Thailand reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of the population by January, paving the way for the country’s economic recovery.”

Several attempts to donate mRNA vaccines to Thailand have encountered hurdles in the past, most notably Poland’s recent attempt to donate 1.5 million Moderna doses to Thammasat University Hospital and an earlier attempt by the US to donate a million Pfizer doses.

In welcoming yesterday’s delivery of Moderna doses, Heath said the US has also provided Thailand with tens of millions of dollars in Covid-19 assistance, including helping to fund the development of Thailand’s own vaccines. The Bangkok Post reports that renowned US scientist, Dr Drew Weissman from the University of Pennsylvania, is helping Chulalongkorn University with the development of “ChulaCov19”, Asian’s first mRNA vaccine.

Meanwhile, Sophon Iamsirithavorn from the Disease Control Department says the donated Moderna vaccines will be distributed to areas with high infection rates and will also serve as booster doses. In particular, he wants to see people in border areas vaccinated, given the risk of imported cases. He says 65% of the population is now fully vaccinated and the goal is to reach 70% by the end of the year.

“It might be very difficult for us to do it by this month as we have only 10 days left, but we will try to push forward to cover that 5%, which amounts to 3.5 million people, as soon as possible. We are sure that we could achieve 70% by the end of this December.”

For more information on Covid-19 Insurance, CLICK HERE.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

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:

Tourism13 hours ago

Songkhla prepares for tourism across the Southern land border

Thailand13 hours ago

French expat being denied re-entry to Thailand over repeated criticism of the Thai monarchy

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

COVID-19 SATURDAY: 6,073 infections, 32 deaths, provincial data

Sponsored2 days ago

CBRE recommends top 5 luxury condominiums in Phuket with fantastic locations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Omicron causing concern, Thai authorities ban travellers from 8 countries

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Thailand’s nightlife venues and bars told to keep closed until January 16

Protests18 hours ago

Amnesty International under investigation for defending activists

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

New Covid-19 strain named “Omicron” and a variant of concern

Thailand22 hours ago

Entertainment venues will not open before January 16

World23 hours ago

“Omicron” – a new Covid variant triggers travel alarms as flights disrupted

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Vaccine passport soon to be made digital and issued for free

Bangkok1 day ago

Bang Sue Grand Station to use only Pfizer and Moderna vaccine

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Thailand purchases Covid pills, Democracy summit snubbs Thailand | Nov 26

Phuket2 days ago

Phuket traffic police deny Facebook accusal of targeting tourists

Thailand2 days ago

CCSA hints that some bars and nightclubs could reopen before January 16

Thailand2 days ago

Easier entry for foreign tourists: CCSA approves ATK for on-arrival screening

Thailand2 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Tourism9 months ago

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

Phuket9 months ago

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

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

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

Tourism9 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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