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As fear over new variants of Covid-19 had prompted the travel restrictions to tighten worldwide, the United States biotech firm Moderna announced that its vaccine should protect against the variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Latest studies on the efficacy of Moderna vaccines confirmed that the vaccines are effective and protective against new variants. The company will continue more tests adding a second booster of its vaccine, bringing to 3 shots in a total.

“We are encouraged by these new data, which reinforce our confidence that the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine should be protective against these newly detected variants.”

Last month, a private hospital in Bangkok advertised pre-orders for the Moderna vaccine, which still needs approval from Thailand’s FDA. Thailand’s Department of Health Service Support demanded that the hospital remove the advertisements.

In the ads, the hospital was charging 4,000 baht for a booking of the vaccine. In the post the hospital said the vaccine would arrive in Thailand in October 2021. They also announced that the vaccine would cost 6,000-10,000 baht.

Health officials say private hospitals will be allowed to administer vaccines that are approved by the FDA. So far, the Thai government has only approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use. The first batch of 50,000 doses are expected to arrive next month. Frontline health care workers and vulnerable groups in high risk areas will be first to receive the vaccine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    murika

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    “the vaccine would cost 6,000-10,000 baht”, knowing that the official price is max 3000 baht for 2 shots of moderna, so the private clinic rise the price by 300 % for no reason except the emergency is an opportunity to make more money ! i wonder how much gonna cost the booster !

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Just curious –

    i) how do you know the “official price” is “max 3,000 baht”?

    ii) is that “official price” ex-factory, for a sale of several million doses or a few hundred, after international and local delivery and storage costs, at the point of vaccination, etc?

    Just curious, as according to Moderna’s CEO Stephen Bancel back in November they were charging governments between $10 and $50 per dose, ex-factory, depending on how many million they bought and how much they’d given Moderna in development funding, with private sales to be charged at a higher commercial rate.

    Maybe the CEO got it wrong ..?

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      Alavan

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      Moderna vaccin costs the EU about 16 Euro per injection.
      Astra Zeneca about 1,5 Euro.
      Note: very low prices as the EU bought in block for 27 countries.

      Use the exchange rate and add a bit as other countries don’t have the same bargaining force as the EU as a whole, and you have a fair idea how much it should cost in Thailand

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    Rick

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks Thaiger – I haven’t laughed so hard in weeks!

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