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Thai government signs contract for 20 million Pfizer doses

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The government has approved the order of 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from US manufacturer, Pfizer. The Bangkok Post reports that the head of the Department of Disease Control signed the contract yesterday. Delivery will be some time this year, but when exactly is unclear, as the vaccine has yet to be approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration.

Pfizer must now submit registration documents to the FDA, while Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the DDC has a month to negotiate pricing and other conditions with the manufacturer. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Anutin said the government has also received approval from the Office of the Attorney-General to purchase supplies of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. However, that contract is yet to be signed as the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, needs to accept the deal.

“The government has contacted all vaccine makers to seek more vaccine doses as the pandemic does not seem to have stopped spreading. Plus, no research is certain about the efficacy period so people who were vaccinated in February are advised to get more doses to stimulate immunity.”

A deal is also in place with AstraZeneca whereby new batches will be delivered every week. In addition, Kiattiphum Wongrajit from the Health Ministry says a total of 7.5 million Sinovac doses have now been delivered, after another 1 million arrived in the Kingdom yesterday.

“As at the current rate, we can vaccinate at a rate of 400,000 doses per day, so all 1 million doses will be used up in 3 days. So, the government needs to seek 3 million more doses of Sinovac and sign other contracts for more doses.”

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    David Ambrosia

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Great news, hope the process will be speeded up and soon Pfizer jabs will be available in Thailand.

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      Neriku

      Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Why are taking long time now to approve the Pfizer once it is ordered as they said this should express this vaccine quickly as possible as senior doctor in Siriraj Hospital said as this is the only one effective for the NEW STRAINS of COVID

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    circus clowns

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 8:36 am

    So why did they not take the offer of the cheap ones last year? look how reactionary this lot who are in charge are. Pathetic spoiled losers running the nation and pointing guns at the people telling them to shut up or rot in jail

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    Neriku

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Why are taking so long to approve these vaccines Pfizer and Johnson

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    Neriku

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    When most countries like USA are nearly vaccinated and here just started also how can a tourist come to Thailand now fully vaccinated and have to stay in quarantine for 14 days when most people in Thailand not vaccinated yet, in Europe people vaccinated can move from one country to another with no quarantine

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    David Ambrosia

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Nothing can be done to reverse the time

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    David Ambrosia

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Thaiger should add a DELETE button on comments.. I can’t edit this one above that was sent by mistake :/

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    Neriku

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I think that an average of 200 deaths a week is not so good for Thailand and the tourism

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    Simon Small

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    ” “…people who were vaccinated in February are advised to get more doses to stimulate immunity.” ”

    Overlooked, but by far the most significant part of Anutin’s comments and the article, although it’s clearly not due to efficacy wearing off but THREE DOSES of Sinovac or Sinopharm being needed, as the UAE, Chile, Turkey and anyone else using Sinovac or Sinopharm have found, and as a trial by Sinovac confirmed this week:

    “Yin Weidong, the head of China’s vaccine producer Sinovac, told China Central Television on Saturday that the company recently completed the second phase clinical trial, which showed that when volunteers who had received two doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine received a third shot after three and six months, the antibody response inside their bodies could soar tenfold in a week and twenty-fold in 15 days.”

    With THREE doses of Sinovac required, now even acknowledged and confirmed by Sinovac, Thailand’s plan to reach herd immunity based on only ONE dose is a recipe for a total disaster –

    – not because foreigners will bring Covid with them, as very few will come anyway and few of them will be contagious or fake vaccinations, but because it’s inevitable that Phuket, followed by the other “sandboxes”, will start to relax restrictions as they think they’re safely vaccinated and want to attract more tourists.

    It would be a recipe for disaster even based on TWO doses of Sinovac, but based on only ONE dose it will set any recovery back way beyond if the “sandboxes” had never happened, and Anthrax Island will become the hub of places to avoid.

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    Rose Jefferies

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Chan o Cha…. you’re inept at managing a country. “Be a man”, restore what little dignity you have left and step aside!! Otherwise, there will be nothing left of Thailand!! Even the wealthy are now seeing you for what you are…. just “go”!! No one wants you here.
    Yingluck….. WATCH THIS SPACE…YOUR 2nd chance will come… but, don’t screw it up!
    BE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THAILAND…RICH & POOR!
    Repair the damage Uncle Fester and his bunch of incompetent, “Richard Heads” has done!
    DON’T ALLOW ANYONE TO MAKE YOU AFRAID!!!!!!

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    Simon Small

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    “When most countries like USA are fully vaccinated …”

    But most countries aren’t fully vaccinated “like USA”!

    Thailand is one of them!

    It’s not just about the 14 days quarantine but everything that goes with it that attracts tourists – masks and social distancing vs parties, bars and nightlife.

    However important tourists are, just because fully vaccinated tourists are ‘safe’ de-restricting Phuket to suit them puts everyone else in Thailand at risk – not from the tourists but from the ending of restrictions.

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    bhoromboh

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    How can a contract be already signed if a key element such the price is still under negotiation?
    Probably they signed a MoA.

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    Horley Adams

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Or Thailand could just stay locked up for the rest of time as, let’s face it, both Thais and some farangs on here are still terrified of a virus with a 99.5% survival rate.

    Poor Thailand, doomed to fall a decade or more backwards by the time Prayut and his cronies have finished destroying the country, with terrified farangs helping them along.

    The foolishness is mind-blowing.

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