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Siam Bioscience delivers 1.8 million local AstraZeneca vaccines

PHOTO: 1.8 million AstraZeneca vaccines have been delivered today. (by Flickr Marco Verch)

Well, it’s a start.

Good news today for Thailand’s snail-paced rollercoaster of vaccine rollout as the Ministry of Public Health has taken possession of the first 1.8 million AstraZeneca vaccines produced domestically. The vaccines were manufactured in the Bangkok by Siam Bioscience and are slated to be an integral part of Thailand’s mass vaccination scheme officially launching next Monday.

Siam Bioscience held a ceremony where AstraZeneca (Thailand) President James Teague officially handed over the vaccines to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, with other senior government health officials in attendance.

6 million vaccines will be received by the Public Health Ministry during the month of June, according to the Public Health Permanent Secretary. The vaccines, both Sinovac and AstraZeneca, will be dealt out across the nation as they are received, starting in Bangkok. The Permanent Secretary said that provinces in the further reaches of the country may see their vaccines arrive more slowly, but vowed to deliver all shipments by the scheduled date.

As vaccines become available, they will be allotted based on several factors and may stray from original plans.

“The needs will be assessed based on the severity of Covid-19 outbreaks in the provinces, as well as the relative importance of the province for tourism and other economic contributions.”

The delivery is a positive note and surprised some cynics after delays in Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines were announced. But Teague says the revised delivery date in the Philippines will be met, and delivery to other Asian countries are on schedule. He also reassured that the Siam Bioscience-produced vaccines meet all the rigorous standards as foreign-produced AstraZeneca jabs, explaining that samples have already passed a 60-point review in the US and UK for quality control.

AstraZeneca now oversees 25 production facilities throughout the world. Their vaccine has now been produced and administered to people globally over 500 million times.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Neill Fronde

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.

11 Comments

  1. Better late than never. This should have been rolled out months ago and it is still being drip fed with super clown Prayut moving the goal posts once again. Sadly he suffers with chocolate fire guard syndrome. How in the name of God did he become a General?
    As for being PM, it’s an international joke.
    Get the whole Country vaccinated PDQ Prayut!!!

  2. With 1.8 million vaccine from Biocene. Is not much that will be half as people take 2 vaccine so that is for only 9,000 have to more effort to order millions otherwise it Will be by next year to vaccinate all Thailand

  3. To become a high ranked officer in the thai military you need to know the right people higer up and also be able to pay those people many many brown envelopes. It has nothing to do with serving your country with honour or a long military career etc like in most other armed forces around the world. Everything in Thailand is corrupt more or less.

  4. The company in Thailand are very slow in producing Astra Zenika vaccines 1.8 million vaccines for a population of nearly 7 million, as 1.8 would be for half of that as every person take 2 doses

  5. Also they should not open Phuket also as nobody knows if there could be a leak and continue to spread, all Thailand should open at least by September as many other countries almost 70% vaccinated are opening by August, THAILAND should get the best vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna

  6. The mass Monday the 7th vaccination for the over 60s has been cancelled and all registered
    foreigner s of Koh Samui have to wait, it is believed that the Thai nationals will all be done first then last the “Farangs” but the health department in the local Tassaban couldn’t notify the people by bulk email or bulk SMS as they didn’t know how to do it amazing! it was related by the pensioner of Samui

  7. @Neriku – Australia has kept foreign travelers out…: reason… half of every flight were Covid positive people trying to enter Australia while sick. Canada, another basket case…. allows sick from India in with test by paying a fine….30,000 dead in Canada. Thai opening? Covid free certificates are being forged faked and sold. The people who own Phuket tourism ( Bangkok High Society) want some cash for the coming European shopping season. U.K. just shut entry from Portugal again. What do the Beer and Whore Barons know that the smart Europeans don’t?

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