Thai Government Signs Deal With AstraZeneca To Get Millions Of COVID Vaccine

According to a new deal signed with AstraZeneca, Thailand will purchase 60 million vaccines next year to use as a booster shot for the third vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health has signed a contract with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer to acquire the booster shots over the course of 3 quarters in 2022.
The signing was accompanied by a ceremony attended by Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul and Department of Disease Director-General Control Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, as well as representatives from AstraZeneca Thailand.
The first-quarter delivery of 15 million vaccines is planned, followed by a second delivery of 30 million vaccines in the second quarter. The remaining 15 million vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2022.
Under the contract with AstraZeneca, Thailand will pay AstraZeneca 18 billion baht for 60 million vaccines. A vaccine costs 300 baht.
The contract with AstraZeneca allows Thailand to switch to any newer version of the Covid-19 vaccine that is developed by the producers between now and the estimated delivery date. A second-generation vaccine is already being developed.
AstraZeneca vaccines produced locally by Siam Bioscience, a subsidiary of Crown Property Bureau, were not mentioned in the MCOT report. The local production was supposed to produce 10 million vaccines a month for use in Thailand while exporting more to Southeast Asia, a plan that has been controversial and controversial.
Thailand has recently received AstraZeneca vaccines through donations from Japan and Singapore.

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