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Malaysia reports delay for orders of the Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccine

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Several countries have reported delays for orders for the Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccine, and now Malaysia’s science minister says the country is expecting a delay. The reports of delays from the Thai vaccine plant come amid Thailand’s most severe wave of Covid-19 with limited vaccine doses available. Just over the past week, company Siam Bioscience handed over 1.8 million doses to the Thai government, initiating the yesterday’s start of the nationwide mass vaccination campaign.

The royally-backed company is set to be the Southeast Asia distribution centre for the AstraZeneca vaccine and manufacture 200 million doses. Deliveries to Southeast Asian countries are now set to begin in next month. Reuters reporters reached out to Siam Bioscience for comment, but the company did not respond to the request for comment today.

Malaysia purchased 12.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The first order of 610,000 doses were due to be shipped from Thailand to Malaysia this month with another 410,000 doses in July and the rest delivered around August or September. Malaysia’s science minister Khairy Jamaluddin did not say how long the order would be on hold until or if any of the other orders will also be delayed.

A Philippine presidential advisor also said the production of the vaccines in Thailand has caused the first shipment of doses to be both reduced and rescheduled. The Philippines ordered 17 million doses, with the first 1.3 million doses initially set to arrive later this month. The order was delayed to mid-July and reduced to 1.17 million doses.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. There will be until the brown envelopes are passed.
    The Thais have a vaccine developed by the ferangs, and shown how to make the vaccine in Thailand by ferangs, and they do not deliver.
    They will deliver if they are bribed to do so . . .
    It was a bad idea to let Thais be involved in making this vaccine.
    They are bound to foul it up.

  2. @Toby This is not only about Thailand. AstraZeneca fucked things up in Europe too. They are known for not delivering, despite promises and contracts. There is a reason they are in court now in the EU. A big chance that if they are forced to pay for compensation that it will be the end of AstraZeneca.

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