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Government readies swift vaccinations sweep

Government readies swift vaccinations sweep

THAILAND: The national vaccine committee will seek B2.93 billion to preorder COVID-19 vaccines from overseas for Thais.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 09:05AM


Currently, about 10 vaccine producers have finished the last trial phase and negotiations should be concluded this month. Photo: AFP.

Currently, about 10 vaccine producers have finished the last trial phase and negotiations should be concluded this month. Photo: AFP.

Panprapa Yongtrakul, spokeswoman of the Public Health Ministry, told a press briefing the committee will list criteria for who would receive the first batches of vaccine for half of the population first, adding that B2.93bn would be spent reserving the stock.

She said the government is searching for a COVID-19 vaccine producer who has completed phase-three trials to provide the vaccine to 30% of Thais and it plans to order a further 20% from Covax, a company created by the World Health Organization.

Dr Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, added the first group will consist of 33 million people who will receive the vaccine at a cost of around B700 per person, or about B20bn in total.

He said the government may seek a subsidy from a COVID-19 loan fund or the government budget as preordering supplies is necessary to guarantee it can be widely used shortly after development is complete.

Currently, about 10 vaccine producers have finished the last trial phase and negotiations should be concluded this month.

He said according to international vaccine allotment criteria, medical officers will receive the first doses.

Meanwhile, the Three Pagodas border checkpoint in Kanchanaburi will remain closed until Oct 19, due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease in Myanmar, according to provincial governor Jeerasak Phumsawad yesterday (Oct 5).

Kanchanaburi currently allows border trade only at the Ban Phu Nam Ron checkpoint in Muang district.

The governor said the extension was aimed at preventing the spread of the virus from nearby areas of Myanmar into Kanchanaburi.

Myanmar reported 41 new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, raising the total to 412, Xinhua news agency reported. There were also 1,294 new infections, taking the total to 17,794, according to the report.

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Kurt | 07 October 2020 - 12:35:14

The world is waiting for vaccines and vaccinations. But vaccination not tackles the Covid-19 virus completely 100%. It is well known that even vaccinated people can get a particular disease. ( The yearly flu vaccination is a good example). We still in the dark how effective  (later) the Covid-19 vaccines will be.  Don't be now to optimistic.

LALALA | 07 October 2020 - 09:45:15

Yes...they tried it with svine flu some years ago but they failed...one of the guy who discovered it than was Wolfgang Wodarg, a German politician who also this time expressed his concerns already but is discredited by German media.

Capricornball | 07 October 2020 - 00:17:33

There we have the final end game...the main reason behind Covid19... "Covax, a company created by the World Health Organization" will gross about 20 billion baht (over $645 million USD) just in Thailand...which is peanuts compared with sales in US, China and Russia.

Pascale | 06 October 2020 - 17:31:23

Haha lala,you can't even understand the difference between 46.2 million and 46.2 billion. Genius !

LALALA | 06 October 2020 - 16:19:54

wagsthedog..its like this... 2.93billion-46.2million-distribution cost and other expenses = kickback.... you not need math for this one.

wagsthedog | 06 October 2020 - 13:58:55

700Baht x 2 injections (each person requires an initial injection with a booster) x 33m people = 46.2Billion Baht, they have put aside 2.93Billion, that will only get enough injections for 2 million people, what economic school did these people go to??

LALALA | 06 October 2020 - 09:56:55

Here you go...wasnt there a vaccine in LOS to be developed ? I remember Bob the Builder making a statement some month ago. Looks like the usual ,solly no have,...,can not, attitude, doesnt it.

 

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