Department of Medical Sciences director-general Dr Supakit Sirilak yesterday (June 23) said the first lot of Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Thailand on June 20, and the department has taken vaccine samples to conduct safety and quality checks.
This is required by a regulation which stipulates all vaccines must be tested by the department first before they are released for public use.
It is one of the country’s first alternative vaccines, purchased by the CRA to private sector and local administrative organisations.
The department’s chief said laboratory tests on the vaccine checked its safety, together with its physical and chemical appearance, to ensure they meet standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.
“A result from our laboratory concluded that this lot of vaccine has passed our test,” he said. “We have already issued a certificate so that it could be released for distribution.”
The CRA updated the vaccine allocation plan on its Facebook page, saying that 6,437 companies and organisations will get the vaccine to 779,300 people by August at the latest.
CRA secretary-general Nithi Mahanonda said the first lot of Sinopharm vaccines will be ready for the recipients, who registered during June 14 to 15, while the CRA’s committees will allocate the rest of the vaccines, when the CRA knows the exact amount that will be imported during July and August.
Meanwhile, another 2mn doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Thailand from China yesterday, making a total of 10.5mn doses delivered so far.
The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok posed on its Facebook yesterday that “The new lot of 2 million doses of Sinovac arrives in Bangkok now. China has so far delivered 12 lots of vaccines totaling 10.5 million doses to Thailand. The Chinese vaccines will help Thais in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Thailand, fight’”.
Elsewhere, the managing director of Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) Withoon Danwiboon said the GPO is operating as facilitator between Zuellig Pharma Ltd, which is a supplier of Moderna vaccine in Thailand, and private hospitals here.
As such, the GPO is now in the process of drafting vaccine purchasing agreements between the company and the GPO, which could be signed by early August.
After signing the agreements, Zuellig Pharma will start to hand over 5 million doses of vaccines to the GPO for further distribution.