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Thailand to get 10 to 20 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

Photo via Facebook/ Anutin Charvirakul

Thailand will get 10 to 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. The minister posted an announcement on his Facebook page along with a photo after a meeting with Pfizer representatives.

Anutin says the Thai Food and Drug Administration will facilitate the registration process as soon as possible. The Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Thailand in the third or fourth quarter of the year.

Currently, China’s Sinovac vaccine, also known as CoronaVac, is being administered in Thailand to adults ages 18 to 60 while the AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered to adults as well as the elderly. The 2-dose Pfizer vaccine has been appealing to Thai health officials because studies show it is safe and effective for children ages 12 and older.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has also been approved by Thai FDA. The Moderna, Covaxin and Sputnik V vaccines are in the registration process.

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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. No thanks. US Big Pharma is about profit uber alles, and like all US ‘Big” industries, the revolving door between the corporate and oversight world ensures money trumps regulation. Sputnik V was first and foremost for the Russian people, not profit. The only reason it isn’t given the status it should have in the Western world is political. A US congresswoman just caught Covid months after both injections of Pfizer. The Pfizer boss said annual jabs may be needed. Really, cui bono? “Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine” NYT. Sputnik V for me.

  2. Anutin should think himself lucky that he has a choice. Beggars can’t be chooses and at the end of the day, Thailand has made little if any contribution in vaccine development.

  3. @Buttaxe – Good luck with Sputnik. And when you have problems good luck trying to sue Putin.

    You always said COVID is like the flu. Surprised you’re getting vaccinated. Did you get your flu shot too?

  4. @Buttaxe – if you think for one minute that Putin didn’t send a huge chunk of the USSR’s people’s tax money directly to Dmitry Morozov .. I would be interested in the education system, or camp you participated in. At least the majority of Phizer’s profits, are going back to shareholders, who are spending their money in places like Thailand. You can at least follow that by simply reading a 10k or 10q through disclosure laws by the SEC. As for people catching the virus after being vaccinated (which your story is simply folly anyways), all vaccine’s do not stop the person from completely catching it, they are designed to minimize the affects which lead to replicant cells from forming and reducing transmission. Even your leader’s Sputnik V is only 80pct effective. Try to keep up now.

  5. @Buttaxe – just look @ the recent profit report.16bln $ almost due to virus known by covid -19 but many name it Wuchan virus (more precisely)all data no restrictions available.Plus the lobbying power only fool can’t see the big pic.

  6. @Buttaxe – You cannot say that Sputnik V is not being recognised in other countries.
    It is up for registration in Europe as also in UK.
    It will be used in Europe. there is no doubt about that.
    Ref. russia
    As i understand it, not all russians trust the Sputnik vaccine as they don’t trust other vaccines.
    till now there is only about 6% the russian population vaccinated.

  7. @rmgd And we all thought vaccines were supposed to give one immunity — silly us, they’re only for minimizing the symptoms. Thanks for letting us know, it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

  8. @rmgd – @Buttaxe –
    Ref. the comment on the Sputnik efficiency . You are also incorrect.
    In Europe the efficiency of Sputnik is being recognised at 95% not 80. the sputnik vaccine Matches .

    By the way. What you call the Pfizer vaccine is Actually BionTech-pfizer.
    The actual vaccine was developed BY BioTech in Germany. Not by Pfizer!

    “In China, where the vaccine is marketed as Comirnaty and colloquially described as the Fosun–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BioNTech is partnered with China-based Fosun Pharma instead of Pfizer for development, marketing, and distribution rights.

    Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine“

    “From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (INN: tozinameran), sold under the brand name Comirnaty,[3] is an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine. The German company BioNTech, the developer of the vaccine, collaborated with the American company Pfizer for support with clinical trials, logistics, and manufacturing.[19][20] In China, where the vaccine is marketed as Comirnaty and colloquially described as the Fosun–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BioNTech is partnered with China-based Fosun Pharma[21][22] instead of Pfizer for development, marketing, and distribution rights.“

    Just a little correct info on the BionTech-pfizer vaccine.

    I was told by an american that Germany has no vaccine of its own.
    Well, they have two Vaccines.
    I am British and i get fed up of everything being recognised as american acheivements.
    Pfizer has been used for the production and distribution not development.
    BionTech has now though opened a new production firm in Germany and can now uo its own production capacity.

  9. @Silbers, is this really the first time you have heard it? For months now, the vaccine manufacturers have been publishing data on the efficacy of the vaccines. Ranging anywhere between 60% and 95%. That means that none of them are 100% guaranteed to stop you as an individual contracting the virus. A good chance you won’t compared to no vaccine, but a chance nonetheless. What nearly all vaccine manufacturers have said, it’s that although the efficacy is 60%-95%, they all have almost 100% improvement on symptoms should you contract the virus. So to be clear. Currently if you are subjected to the virus with a sufficient viral load, you are very likely to contract it. You then have perhaps a 1 in 5 chance of needing hospital treatment, and depending on age, you then have a perhaps 1 in 50-100 chance of dying having needed hospital treatment (depending on age and any underlying health conditions). Having had a vaccine all these numbers significantly change in your favour. If you’ve had the Pfizer vaccine and subject to the virus with a high viral load, you have perhaps 1 out of 500 chance of contracting the virus. If you are one of the unlucky 500, your chances of needing hospital treatment is very unlikely and will recover in a few days at home. Should you be so so unlucky that you do need hospital treatment then your chances of dying are as likely as getting hit by lightening. That’s how nearly all vaccines work. Not just for SARS-CoV2. But for all the other vaccines you have most likely had over your lifetime. Hope this helps?

  10. @rmgd The USSR ceased to exist 30 years ago, try to keep up. I’m not Russian, but I’ll take the assumption as a compliment. You might also notice quite a few Russians in Thailand, err out spending Yanks LOL. Sputnik 93% effective, so poorly informed yet again, and what else was there – oh yes participating in an education camp – well educated, yes, but unlike yourself it didn’t come via CNN and Fox news. American dream on.

  11. @Sydney B –

    It is sad that you seem to assume that Thailand is not contributing to the vaccine development:

    Thailand is currently involved in the manufacturing, testing, or development of at least 8 different vaccines. Some of the people working on these are friends of mine. Yes, Thai manufacturers are smaller than some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, so they won’t win the race to be the first to develop a vaccine. But they are only about 6 months behind.

    Keep in mind that before COVID-19, the quickest vaccines were developed and approved in about 6-10 *years*. In 1-2 year’s time, we will be remembering all the vaccines Thailand has developed. But now, in the few month gap between when the BioNTech-Pfizers of the world have gotten theirs out, and Thailand is trailing a few months behind, a lot of people who don’t know better will complain.

    But Thailand really does punch above its weight in this department.

  12. My guess is Pfiser can ship those vaccines very quick because there is already a surplus in the US. However it take burocracy to slow things down to a crawl. I mean Moderna asked for approval months ago and now is in the “registration process”?! What is that mean; some burocrat having it on his or her desk for weeks?! Stupid, while many die!

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