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Private firms may get vaccine import nod

Private firms may get vaccine import nod

BANGKOK: A panel of advisers at the Public Health Ministry on Thursday suggested private companies be allowed to import another 15-20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this year.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 5 March 2021, 08:34AM


Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Dr Sopon Mekthon, vice-minister at the ministry, said a panel of advisers to the public health minister had agreed that Thailand still needed more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to the planned 63 million doses, some of which have already arrived, reports the Bangkok Post.

Thailand has a population of about 65mn. If about 15mn teenagers were subtracted from the sum, the number of those eligible for vaccines would be about 50mn, plus another 5mn foreign migrants, Dr Sopon said.

With a calculation based on 80% of the 55mn people, about 40mn would receive two jabs of vaccines each which would require about 80mn doses, he said.

Apart from the planned 63mn doses, about 15-20mn more should be procured, though details regarding the prices had yet to be discussed, Dr Sopon said.

Dr Paisarn Dunkum, secretary-general of the FDA, said yesterday the private sector was welcome to import vaccines, though they needed to register with the FDA first. So far, no private hospitals have applied for registration, Dr Paisarn said.

Apart from Sinovac and AstraZeneca, other vaccine producers such as Johnson & Johnson and Bharat Biotech have applied for registration, Dr Paisarn said.

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Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said yesterday (Mar 4) that an idea had been mooted to procure vaccines for around 2.3mn foreign migrant workers under the social security system.

“However, this is just an idea. The board of the Social Security Office is studying its possibility. No purchase has been made yet,” Mr Suchart said.

He said that if the vaccination for migrant workers is to materialise, it will take place only after most Thais receive vaccines.

The Public Health Ministry yesterday reported that another 99 people who had received COVID-19 vaccines experienced unpleasant conditions or side-effects, taking the accumulated number of cases to 119.

Of the 99 vaccine recipients, 59 had localised soreness while 19 experienced nausea; 11 had chest tightness; six had body chills; two had fevers, one felt fatigue and one had body aches.

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Fascinated | 05 March 2021 - 11:11:34

I get offered a free flu jab every year through my local health insurance. If they do the same thing with the COVID jab it makes sense as it cuts down on potential costs for them if people are not inoculated. The cost per dose to them is a fraction of what they would have to pay out otherwise.

Kurt | 05 March 2021 - 09:15:41

Health Ministry reports 119 cases vaccination side effects. Not saying which brand of vaccin(s). Why not? A lot of thinking, with again to much the weight on bureaucratic approach/discussion/study.  Thai FDA seems to refuse to go in overdrive with her paper work. It doesn't relay with FDA's in other countries that already have given green lights to vaccines.

 

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