The Ministry of Public Health, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is planning to purchase “resale” vaccines from European countries at 2-3 million doses per month to speed up the country’s inoculation process amid the Covid-19 domestic outbreak.
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit revealed today, August 26th, that while the Ministry is considering the easing of Covid-19 preventive measures, authorities are also looking for more Covid-19 vaccine procurement with many manufacturers.
Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the talks with European countries regarding the possibility of “resale” vaccine purchases, including Pfizer and AstraZeneca. However, Kiattiphum did not mention which European countries were involved in the talks.
According to his statement, the term “resale” is the sales of surplus purchased vaccines from other countries to one another in order for them to distribute to their citizens.
Dr. Kiattiphum stated: “Some countries may have Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in stock for Thailand to purchase for up to 2-3 million doses a month. If possible, we would like to make a trading deal with the countries for about 4 months.”
“It has been estimated that in the next 4 months, from September to December, there will be quite a lot of vaccines coming in from many manufacturers and countries from our pasts negotiations. At least 100 million doses will be available for Thai people, which is a sufficient amount to create herd immunity as scheduled and allow business and industry to reopen and get back to restoring the economy.”
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