The AstraZeneca company has delivered its first Thailand-manufactured Covid-19 vaccines to the Thai government at a handover ceremony this morning, June 2nd, honored by Air Chief Marshal Sathitpong Sukwimon, Chairman of the Board of Siam Bioscience Co., Ltd., and Mr. James Teague, Chairman of AstraZeneca. (Thailand) Co.
The Covid-19 vaccine production center in Thailand is a collaboration between AstraZeneca and Siam Bioscience, the leading biopharmaceutical manufacturer in Thailand according to their own statements, to encourage all countries in Southeast Asia to have universal and fair access to vaccines during the hardship of the global pandemic.
Thailand’s AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered to the Ministry of Public Health for local distribution immediately and is scheduled to start shipping abroad this week. The vaccines have been certified for quality and safety standards by the regulatory agencies in the country and have passed quality testing at AstraZeneca’s designated laboratories to reach universal standards, according to statements from AstraZeneca.
AstraZeneca Thailand President Teague stated: “In a situation where everyone is battling the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s event is very significant and meaningful to us that Thailand is able to produce qualified Covid-19 vaccines in a short time. This is a huge achievement that has been achieved under our alliance with an excellent manufacturing partner, Siam Bioscience. I would like to thank Siam Bioscience for jointly producing and delivering the vaccines as planned.”
“Today, we have a high-quality vaccine made in Thailand ready to deliver. We are now able to support the Thai government to expedite effective allocation to people as quickly as possible.” Teague concluded.
According to medical results published by AstraZeneca, people who receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are well tolerated to side effects. The vaccine also potentially helps prevent illnesses from Covid-19 in all severities. In addition, the medical data on the use of vaccines among tens of millions of people around the world also shows that the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine could reduce up to 80% of hospitalization.
As of this afternoon, a total of 58 provinces nationwide has received approximately 3,600 shots of AstraZeneca vaccines for local distribution. The remaining 19 provinces which are red-zoned and orange-zoned areas, including Bangkok and Chonburi, will have their first lot of AstraZeneca vaccines by June 6th. The allotment of doses is still under discussion by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
TPN notes that there had been and continue to be multiple concerns from some about Astrazeneca and Siam Bioscience being able to supply enough doses to the public quickly.
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