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Thailand to receive AstraZeneca vaccine donation from Japan

Thailand to receive AstraZeneca vaccine donation from Japan

THAILAND: It was confirmed today (June 21) by Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul that Japan’s government will donate a supply of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Thailand.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 21 June 2021, 05:58PM


Japan has secured enough AstraZeneca doses for 60 million people but is not administering it, as concerns linger about rare blood clots, deciding instead to jettison its supplies by way of donation to other countries. Photo: AFP

Japan has secured enough AstraZeneca doses for 60 million people but is not administering it, as concerns linger about rare blood clots, deciding instead to jettison its supplies by way of donation to other countries. Photo: AFP

The donation will help contribute to the national vaccine supply following a series of delays which have resulted in a consistent short fall with many hospitals having to cancel appointments due to lack of availability.

Anutin confirmed an official agreement would be inked on Thursday and the delivery of the vaccine is expected to be sometime in July although no specific numbers quantity wise were stated.

There has been a significant emphasis on the AstraZeneca vaccine, produced locally by Siam Bioscience, as part of the national drive that started earlier this month. Similar delays have impacted the likes of Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines who had placed orders with the Thai based pharmaceutical manufacturer.

The offer from Japan comes after it donated 1.24 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on June 6 to Taiwan which was struggling to secure sufficient numbers and had accused China of interference.

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Japan had secured enough AstraZeneca doses for over 60mn of its citizens but is not administering the formula despite approving it, as concerns linger about rare blood clots.

Instead, it is prioritising administration of the Pfizer and Moderna formulas and has secured enough of both to potentially jettison its AstraZeneca stock.

So far, Thailand has fully vaccinated 2.1 million people out of its 66mn total population. The Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, some of which was donated by China, has been used in addition to the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Chulabhorn Royal Academy confirmed this morning that one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, also produced in China, arrived in Thailand yesterday and should be able to be administered by hospitals as an alternative to the jabs provided by the government this coming Friday.

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Kurt | 23 June 2021 - 17:12:27

The percentage of Japanese people vaccinated so far is very low. It is saying something about AZ vaccine when Japan dumps 60 million doses in Thailand instead of using it in Japan. There is less vaccine quality thinking in Thailand as they already talk about a 3rd jab to get well (?) vaccinated.

Fascinated | 22 June 2021 - 11:55:46

What's the objection to my comment Mr Ed? Anything to do with the hierarchy of SBS?

[We have no comment recently posted by you that is not approved - pls try again -- Ed]

Kurt | 22 June 2021 - 11:32:54

For reasons well known Japan doesn't see salvation any longer in using AZ. Drops her stock on 2nd hand market. Minister Anutin buys it. Sure financial a good deal, medical wise a fiasco/disaster. Minister Anutin must know that. Why  Thailand produce herself outdated AZ as it can buy cheaper from 2nd hand shelfs? Thailand is sinking in a Covid-19 swamp due to present- and future variants. 

Nasa12 | 21 June 2021 - 19:24:41

So this AZ vaccine farang can get in Phuket June 25-26 and 27 are this a test in Thailand or ?

Fascinated | 21 June 2021 - 19:22:21

A bit ridiculous when Thailand is promoting itself as an AZ production hub. Guess the wheel came off this hub!

 

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