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Thailand to purchase additional 35 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine

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Photo via Facebook/ PM Prayut Chan-o-cha

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the Thai government will purchase another 35 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in addition to the 65 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister made a post on his Facebook page today announcing that Thailand will produce the additional doses from 2 or possibly 3 companies.

Out of the 35 million additional doses, 10 million to 15 million will be purchased by the private sector, led by the Board of Trade of Thailand. A government committee tasked with Covid-19 vaccine procurement made the decision to acquire 35 million more doses, according to Prayut.

Prayut also recently announced that the government plans to purchase 5 to 10 million doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech. The prime minister told reporters that the government is “still waiting for quotations and terms and conditions,” but they expect the vaccines to be delivered within the second half of the year.

So far, 572,000 people in Thailand have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Reuters. The government plans to vaccinate half the population, or 35 million people, by the end of the year.

The Thai government has been criticized for heavily relying on AstraZeneca as the primary vaccine against the coronavirus. The vaccine will be locally produced by Siam Bioscience and the first 6 million doses are expected to be available by June.

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Reuters

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Steven

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Stop talking about it and just get on with it already.

  2. Remo

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    The only way to get out of the epidemic is vaccination.

    If Thailand wants to open in the second half year, most of the vulnerable population has to be vaccinated by that time.

    If the vulnerable population, some 30-40 million people have been vaccinated, the epidemic is solved.

  3. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Absolutely no comment. Yes, I think that just about does it. Talk about Billy Smart’s Circus . . . they had nothing compared to PM & Co.

  4. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    PM, closing meeting: Right, gentlemen . . . any advance on 35 million? OK, I think that’s sufficiently outrageously unbelievable . . . meeting closed.

  5. James

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    What about foreign high risk legal residents over 60?

  6. EdwardV

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Nothing like playing from behind. It’s pretty clear Phuket isn’t opening in July, maybe October is a better guess. Why is Thailand buying more Chinese vaccine? Even the Chinese don’t want to take it.

  7. Jeff

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you President Trump for your decisive and unifying actions to get the vaccines created, tested and produced in record time.

  8. RA

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:53 am

    @Jeff – Geeezzzz, give it a rest.

  9. Mungus

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Wait I thought Thailand didn’t have the refrigeration to buy Pfizer vaccines? Oh well that was before we dragged out the epidemic to try and milk money outta non-thais to stay in our Hotels to avoid being penned in in their outstanding medical tourism “field hospital” concentration camps while waiting for their 500 thb fake positive test results. Another positve test and 14 more days! Even my thirty something friends in Laos have already been given a vaccine.

  10. Mungus

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    @RA – Don’t give it a rest…People need to remember how lame the COPQ’s non response was. Make America Grate again.

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