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Russia agrees to sell Sputnik V vaccine doses to Thailand



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Thailand is to take delivery of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, along with 10 million doses from US vaccine manufacturer Pfizer. According to a Bangkok Post report, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on his Facebook page that the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, has agreed to sell the vaccine to Thailand through a “government to government” contract.

The PM says the announcement from Russia came after he ordered the Foreign Ministry to look into purchasing the Sputnik vaccine. He says the ministry was subsequently informed that Putin would support Thailand due to the long friendship between the 2 countries, which would only be strengthened by a vaccine procurement deal.

The announcement from Russia comes just 2 days after exiled former Thai PM, Thaksin Shinawatra, offered to speak to Putin to secure doses of the Russian vaccine for Thailand. Thaksin was speaking as part of a live broadcast on the Clubhouse app when he criticised the slow pace of the Thai government’s rollout and said doses should be sought from a variety of producers and not just the chosen 2 of AstraZeneca and Sinovac. He then offered to speak with the Russian leader in order to procure doses of the Sputnik V vaccine for Thailand.

The Bangkok Post reports that when questioned by reporters about Thaksin’s offer, the PM became clearly irritated, refusing to answer the question.

“I don’t know him. Just leave him be. I won’t answer that. Don’t relay a question from someone who is not even in the country.”

In other vaccine developments, Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul has confirmed that US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to sell 10 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Thailand. However, he is currently unable to confirm when they might arrive in the country. The vaccine has yet to be registered and approved for use in the Kingdom.

Next Wednesday, the PM also plans to meet with the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Bankers’ Association, and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, for talks on procuring additional vaccine supplies.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Mister Stretch

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Poor Prayut’s think skin is showing.

    He hates the idea that Thaksin could, with a phone call, put the Russian vaccine into play here.

    At 97.6% effectiveness (if you believe the publicity) it surely beats the hell out of the Chinese vaccine that Prayut arranged.

  2. John_2

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

    In 2009 Pfizer paid $2.3Bn in criminal damages for acting “with the intent to defraud or mislead.” regarding the drug Bextra.

    And that’s only ONE of the drug problems Pfizer has had to face.

    The Russian Vaccine is probably a better option – well done to the government for securing supplies of it.

  3. Steve369.

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:17 am

    All talk no action. Farang will be lucky to be able to access the vaccine next year, forget this year.

  4. Ian Jones

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:33 am

    No way I ever would take a Russian or Chinese vaccine. Pfizer yes, but 10 million doses ordered, does the PM knows how many people lives in this country, or is this just for his rich friends?

    Even if you today report +2000 cases, I think we will see much higher numbers the following weeks.

    The reason Thailand had close to zero for a while was because no one expected people arrived by air to the country was tested.

  5. toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Of course P.M. Pratyut is irritated with a former P.M. arranging a deal with Russia for vaccines.
    This makes P.M. Pratyut look ineffectual and slow, which he is.
    If cuddly Thaksin was still in charge, he might have fifty percent of Thais vaccinated and fleets of aircraft landing carrying tourists by now, but alas Thailand has a bemedaled moron in charge.

  6. Charles Foley

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:36 am

    I have had my two shots of Moderna. Still there is no way in he## I would come back to Thailand until this whole Covid mess plays out. Thailand is one of the few countries that has still not started vaccinating the general population unless you count the well to do. My own opinion is the Pandemic on Thailand is about to go ballistic. Thais are a very social people and to try and keep them separated from friends and family will be impossible. I had a retirement visa for Thailand but it has expired since I returned to the states a year ago for knee surgery. I had regretted it but now I think it was a wise decision. Good luck to all the ex pats currently in Thailand for every thing I have heard is you people will be the last to receive a jab. All I can say is stay safe and stay away from other people

  7. MC

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I am traveling back to work next week, and will receive the sputnik vaccine, both jabs before I travel back home to Thailand. What a sad incompetent government that has failed to order the proper vaccines instead of the China junk.

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