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Thailand approves Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine



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The Food & Drug Administration have approved Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, making the single-dose jab the third vaccine approved for use in the Kingdom. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul took to social media to announce the go-ahead from the FDA.

Thailand is currently using China’s Sinovac vaccine and the AstraZeneca jab in its national rollout, but Anutin says this latest authorisation from the FDA shows that the country is open to other manufacturers and anxious to give people more choice.

India’s Bharat Biotech vaccine is currently awaiting approval for use in Thailand, while Moderna, China’s Sinopharm, and Russia’s Sputnik vaccine have all expressed interest in obtaining FDA approval.

According to a Bangkok Post report, Paisarn Dunkum, secretary general of the regulator, says private companies and hospitals who wish to administer approved Covid-19 vaccines should register with the Department of Disease Control. He also points out that so far, no doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been ordered.

To date, the Thai government has approved plans to buy a total of 63 million doses of China’s Sinovac jab, with discussions to purchase a further 5 million still ongoing. Thailand plans to vaccinate at least 50% of the population by the end of this year. So far, 96,000 people have received their first dose, while 5,800 have received both doses.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Now all it needs is the government to stop relying on AZ vaccine, produced locally by a company that has never produced a single dose of any vaccine, and to buy J&J’s, and anyone else’s, to vaccinate the whole population – not just the less than 1% of it in Phuket.

  2. Buttaxe

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Give me Sputnik. Anything Western so-called leaders don’t want me to take is the automatic choice.

  3. toby andrews

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Yes Johnson and Johnson who also make furniture polish, restores all wood to a beautiful shine.
    Buy a tub of Johnson and Johnson paste wax and receive a free Covid-19 vaccine.
    Is that the one?

  4. Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    “Give me Sputnik.”

    My choice, too, FWIW, Buttaxe.

  5. Rocky Ford

    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Thaiger
    Will Thailand or Phuket allow me to Travel from the US if I have the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine ??

    Thank You

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