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Health Minister insists AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered on time

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The required doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be ready for the government’s June 7 rollout. So says Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, in response to concerns over supply issues. A number of hospitals have already suspended use of the vaccine, due to low or no supplies.

According to a Bangkok Post report, Anutin met with representatives from AstraZeneca yesterday and says he has received updated information, following what he describes as positive talks. He says AstraZeneca will deliver doses of their vaccine every month, but has not given an exact date for when the first batch might arrive.

“What we can say right now is that the company will be able to send its vaccine continuously every month. The amount will be based on discussions between the company and the Department of Disease Control. We can’t say the exact date we will get our first delivery from the company but we are confident that it will be ready by June 7.”

So far, AstraZeneca has delivered around 100,000 doses to Thailand, following a special request from the government in February. The pharmaceutical giant has confirmed to the Bangkok Post that it will be able to deliver additional doses next month. An AstraZeneca representative says a new supply chain for the Kingdom is nearly complete and will help to deliver supplies in Southeast Asia. The company says rigorous checks, including more than 60 different tests and reviews, apply to every batch to ensure it meets the company’s standards.

“We are currently waiting for the final reviews from the first batch of our Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in Thailand. We expect to have more information this week and to update the government of Thailand on a delivery schedule immediately afterwards. Ensuring the fastest high-quality production of the vaccine is our single most critical focus.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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  1. Where are the adults who kick out the clowns and kids out of the control room and also stop these daily nonsense announcements! For a roll out for 7th june the vaccines must be already delivered to the hospitals etc.They are a total disaster and empty heads but still open their mouth with complete mad statements. In civilesed countries these thugs would behind the bars or in the mad house.

  2. With only 11 days to go until June 7th then this is all rather worrying. You would expect hospital and vaccination centres to start receiving shipments by no later than the 5th which is 9 days away. This surely means production and packaging must start by let’s say the week earlier, so in just 2 days time. So having held a meeting yesterday, surely the management at the place making the vaccine can advise if they will commence production by Friday? If not, then all the positive talk in the world won’t deliver vaccines. I assume a few thousand doses delivered to a single hospital in Bangkok by June 7th will be bagged as a success? I’m sure there is a contingency supply tucked away somewhere to ensure pictures of the AZ arriving on June 6th happens. To get everyone vaccinated by September (previous claim) they need to do around 400,000 a day from June 7th and that’s only a first dose. Achievable if you have the vaccine.

  3. 100,000 doses so far – I thought it was considerably more than that. No wonder Sinovac had to be quickly approved for the over 60’s.

    A complete shambles, based on relying on a company that had never produced any vaccines before and giving them a monopoly rather than ordering AZ and other vaccines, which could always be sold in parallel to the free vaccines, as a Plan B.

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