BANGKOK: Thailand will import the primary doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from Asia after Europe enforced export controls, the nation’s well being minister stated on Thursday (Feb 4).
The European Union (EU) final week set restrictions on the export of vaccines from the bloc by to March to guarantee it can safe the provides it had purchased prematurely, together with pictures from AstraZeneca.
Thailand will nonetheless import the primary 50,000 of 150,000 “early doses” of the AstraZeneca vaccine later this month, simply not from Europe as beforehand deliberate, stated Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
“The producer will source the vaccine from another supply chain outside of the EU,” minister of public well being Anutin Charnvirakul advised reporters.
“It will be from somewhere in Asia,” he stated with out elaborating as a result of he stated in any other case there was a threat of one other intervention to safeguard provides.
South Korea and India are among the many nations in Asia at present producing the AstraZeneca vaccine.
China’s Sinovac Biotech will even ship the primary 200,000 of two million doses of its vaccine that Thailand had ordered across the finish of February, Anutin added.
Thailand’s vaccine technique depends totally on AstraZeneca vaccines being produced by native producer Siam Bioscience, owned by Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
The 26 million doses to be produced by the agency are set to be utilized in inoculations beginning in June. Thailand plans to inoculate folks with 5 million doses each month from that time, Anutin stated.
Thailand had ordered 35 million extra vaccine doses from AstraZeneca, however Anutin stated on Thursday a contract for the amount had not been signed.
Earlier on Thursday, Thailand reported 809 new coronavirus instances and no further deaths, its COVID-19 taskforce stated.
The new infections took the general whole to 22,058, with fatalities remaining at 79.