The National Vaccine Institute is now in talks with the Pfizer Company regarding the possibility of delivering 5-10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines starting this July to the end of the year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha stated today, April 20th.
At the end of the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister told the Associated Press that about 2,117,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have arrived in Thailand and the Thai Government is in the process of accelerating the distribution nationwide.
He said: “If medical personnel are not enough, competent doctors and nurses will be asked to help with injections. Moreover, we are also talking with private hospitals on how to accelerate the injections and they said that they are happy to help with the distribution.”
An additional 500,000 shots of the Sinovac vaccine are expected to arrive in the country by April 24th. Another one million shots are scheduled to arrive in May but the Thai government must discuss and wait for the Chinese government’s approval prior to the purchase, the Prime Minister stated.
AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Thailand will start distribution nationwide in June according to the Prime Minister with the first lot of about 4-6 million doses. The number of vaccines will increase to accumulatively 61 million doses from July to the end of 2021, the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister stated: “The National Vaccine Institute is now negotiating with Pfizer, requesting for a first lot of 5-10 million doses for Thailand. We are waiting for their quotation and conditions.”
“We also have many other brands of Covid-19 vaccines but I did not want to speak in advance because we are still contacting those companies. But I just want everyone to know that the government did not ignore the Covid-19 situation.” The PM concluded.
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