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Thailand to get Moderna vaccine by this October

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Thailand is expecting to get the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine by this October as an alternative to AstraZeneca and Sinovac. The secretary-general of the Private Hospital Association, says 5 to 6 million doses will be shipped to Thailand in the second half of this year.

Last week, the Moderna vaccine was approved for emergency use in Thailand by the Food and Drug Administration. It is the fourth vaccine approved by the FDA, after the AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The price of the vaccine will be set by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, but private hospitals allegedly won’t seek profits from administering the vaccine. Officials say private hospitals will offer the 2 shots of the vaccine for a maximum of 3,000 baht total.

The chairman of Ramkhamhaeng Hospital, says private hospitals are monitoring the demand for an alternative vaccine and will inform the GPO. The chairman says, so far, demand ranges from 10,000 doses to 1 million doses, but advises people to get vaccinated regardless of the brand in order to achieve a herd immunity. He also said research has found that after people are fully vaccinated, the booster shot or 3rd jab can be from any brand of vaccine, comparing it to the yearly influenza jabs.

Meanwhile, GPO deputy director Sirinuch Cheewanpisalnukul, recently said that a total of 4.5 million doses of Sinovac’s vaccine have been delivered to Thailand, including 500,000 doses donated by China that arrived last Friday. She says the GPO received another 500,000 doses of the Chinese-made vaccine last Saturday, with another 1.5 million doses to be delivered later this month.

The first batch of 200,000 doses of Sinovac’s vaccine was delivered in February, with 800,000 more doses arriving in March, and 1.5 million more doses arriving in April, and 2 million doses arriving this month so far. As of last Friday, a total of 2,218,420 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered to people nationwide.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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20 Comments

  1. Private hospital will not seek to make a profit from the vaccine, yet they charge B3000!
    The USA are buying Moderna as cheap as $15 a dose. The Europeans at $25 a dose.
    AstraVeneca was sold to the USA as cheap as $4 a dose.
    Other vaccines are selling at $10 a dose, so why is Thailand buying such an expensive vaccine?
    I would not trust a Thai hospital to use a proper vaccine anyway. They cannot be trusted not to vaccinate with plain water.

  2. Demand could be 10,000 or 1 million. Quality survey they carried out there.
    Private hospitals won’t be giving any moderna or pzifer vacs until all the over 40s or high-risk medical issue groups are done in the general public. Or the goverment risk being the laughing stock of the world. More so.
    It is possible that high risk groups could get it, once those groups in the general public are complete. Jumping the queue will not be tolerated.
    Besides it will take Thailand until songkran next year to cover the 40+ population, so you can stop dreaming about getting a Western jab anytime soon.

  3. Thailand was the first country outside of China to be infected back on January 13th of 2020. Just another “mai pen rai” Poong Nee mentality delivery date after 16.5 months of not procurring ANY western vaccines…So what exactly was the dramatic “Miniseries” of Health admin doing for almost a year and a half on inactivity when it came to preparing to protect it’s citizen’s from COVID?…don’t worry just another 6 months to go with new variants and the rate of infection going up daily until it’s available at a for profit “hospit-tel” near you!

  4. Now they say october and i bet that they will say another date within a few days. This government is 100% useless. They can show their Sinovac CCP vaccine where the sun dont shine for all i care. Two pills of paracetamol is more effective then Sinovac no matter what this lunatic government tries to fool the population with.

  5. “Private hospital will not seek to make a profit from the vaccine, yet they charge B3000!”

    Moderna announced in November that they were selling at $32-37 per dose, @toby – countries that had previously bought more cheaply had invested heavily in the vaccine development, directly or indirectly.

    That’s 2,137 to 2,327 baht at point of production. Add in transport to and in Thailand, storage, management, administration and overheads, and 3,000 baht is an absolute bargain.

    They could import 20 million doses and they’d be sold out.

  6. “October as in five months from now? That is insanity”

    “Emergency use, but arriving in October…”

    It’s up to Moderna and when they can produce to meet the demand.

    “now it’s October???!!!”

    It’s always been “October”.

  7. “Private hospitals won’t be giving any moderna or pzifer vacs until all the over 40s or high-risk medical issue groups are done in the general public … It is possible that high risk groups could get it, once those groups in the general public are complete. Jumping the queue will not be tolerated.”

    Based on what, since that’s the complete opposite of what’s not only been announced and planned but also what’s been demanded by industry, the tourism sector, and individuals?

    “Demand could be 10,000 or 1 million. Quality survey they carried out there.”

    It wasn’t a “survey” or what “demand could be” but the demand so far from private hospitals, per hospital / group.

    FFS …

  8. You cannot mix vaccines and expect to receive a booster against Covid. Sinovac and Astra Zeneca use a modified inactive virus while Modera and Pfizer are a mRNA vaccine that does not contain and inactive virus. There has not been sufficient studies to indicate that mixing of vaccines is safe. This is only an assumption at this time. Just like in January 2020, when the WHO stated that this virus in China was a pandemic.

  9. “Europe pays Moderna 18 Euros 1 shot, about 680 Bahts… ”

    … and the UK paid 24 – 28 GBP per jab, or around 1,200 baht.

    “If privative hospitals don’t make profit, who does?”

    Are you serious? Pharma companies sell on the same basis as anyone else, FFS.

    Invest in development, order in advance, buy a lot, and you pay less. Order a small amount, once the product’s proved and demand’s outstripping supply, and you pay more.

  10. @Simon Small – “Moderna announced in November they were selling at $32.37 per dose”
    Did they, where?
    This is May 17. The prices are different. But do you pick you examples to suit your arguments?
    In October Moderna due to mass production, and sales reducing, will be cheaper.
    B3000 for a Moderna vaccination in October will be a hospital ripoff.

  11. I was going to try plaing Devil’s Advocate, but no…..3000 baht is too much, especially after telling Thai people that it wouldn’t cost them anything. Sure, the nurses need to be paid for their overtime work, but come on.

    —-
    On another note, those who are gasping with “Now October?!?!?!?!” need to understand that October is for the Moderna. You will have access to other approved vaccines (they’re not going to let their free Sinovac expire on the shelf) before then. And, Astra is expected end of June.

  12. @Toby Andrews – That might be the selling price Toby at the factory door but I have read for every dollar spent on the Mrna vaccines it costs $5 more to transport to the airport, then fly to the country that ordered it, then get to the clinic and then into the arm.It has to be packed into insulated boxes with dry ice.Impossible in some countries and expensive in others. Some country’s have very very little dry ice.

  13. “@Simon Small – “Moderna announced in November they were selling at $32.37 per dose”
    Did they, where?”

    It was $32 – $37, not “$32.37”, @toby. Do a search and even you shouldn’t be able to miss it.

  14. “I was going to try plaing Devil’s Advocate, but no…..3000 baht is too much, especially after telling Thai people that it wouldn’t cost them anything.”

    Nobody ever told “the Thai people” that if they wanted to pick their vaccine and jump the queue “it wouldn’t cost anything!”.

    If you want it free take what you’re offered when you’re offered it; if you want something else and to have it early, pay for it!

    WTF’s wrong with that?

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