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Moderna jabs ready ‘in third quarter’

THAILAND: The vaccine manufactured by US-based Moderna will be available for private buyers in Thailand in the third quarter of the year, according to the Private Hospital Association (PHA).

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 09:53AM

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

The vaccination timeline has been brought forward and the price hospitals would charge is tentatively put at B2,000 per shot, excluding insurance and service charges.

Chalerm Harnphanich, the association president and chief executive officer of Bangkok Chain Hospital, said the association had doubled its original order for five million doses of the Moderna vaccine via the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO).

Dr Chalerm said key information would be disclosed next week about the quantity of vaccine to be delivered, when the doses would arrive in Thailand and when the first shots would be given.

Once the vaccine order had been finalised, the association would be required to fully pay the GPO up front, he said. Exactly how much private hospitals would charge customers would also be announced next week but Dr Chalerm expected them to try to keep this close to the cost price.

He said there was no plan to import vaccines from other manufacturers.

The PHA said earlier the standard price of the vaccine would include the service fee for each hospital and insurance for any side-effects. The insurance would be valid for 90 days and won’t cost more than B100.

AstraZeneca will be on time: Anutin

Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul insists the government will be ready to launch a massive COVID-19 vaccination programme as promised from June 7 using AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

Mr Anutin wanted to allay the public’s fears over the company’s readiness to deliver what it has promised.

Speaking after meeting with company representatives yesterday (May 25), the deputy prime minister said that AstraZeneca had given him updated information and the discussion had been very positive.

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He did not specify the exact date the company would deliver its first vaccine batch to the ministry but said the company would provide further deliveries every month.

“What we can say right now is that the company will be able to send its vaccine continuously every month,” Mr Anutin said. “The amount will be based on discussions between the company and the Department of Disease Control (DDC).

“We can’t say the exact date we will get our first delivery from the company but we are confident that it will be ready by June 7.

Talks between AstraZeneca representatives and Mr Anutin were held yesterday amid scepticism the company would be able to fulfil the ministry’s orders after many hospitals were forced to cancel appointments citing a shortage of vaccines.

The British-Swedish company has so far sent about 100,000 vaccine doses to satisfy a special government request in February, when the country was facing a surge of infections.

AstraZeneca yesterday confirmed to the Bangkok Post said it would be able to provide its vaccine to Thailand next month.

A company representative also told the Post its new supply chain for Thailand was nearing completion and would serve an important role in maintaining continuous supplies to Thailand and Southeast Asia.

As part of the manufacturing process, each vaccine batch must undergo over 60 different quality assurance control tests and review processes. The system is designed to ensure each dose is of the same high quality that can be expected from any AstraZeneca product.

“We are currently waiting for the final reviews from the first batch of our COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in Thailand,” the company said.

“We expect to have more information this week and to update the government of Thailand on a delivery schedule immediately afterwards. Ensuring the fastest high-quality production of the vaccine is our single most critical focus.”

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charles | 26 May 2021 - 22:15:57

most places its free & anywhere else you look at costs seem t be less than half what is stated here. Stick it to the foreigners yet again  

CaptainJack69 | 26 May 2021 - 13:23:37

May 14th: "The PHA said... their member hospitals would charge a standard price of not more than B3,000 per person... for two shots, including insurance and VAT".

May 26th: "the price hospitals would charge is tentatively put at B2,000 per shot, excluding insurance and service charges"

The price has already doubled. Not for profit eh?


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