BANGKOK (June 11): Thailand has signed a purchase order for 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to be delivered this year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the terms and conditions of the deal, including delivery time frame and prices, will be discussed and worked out in a month.
He said Thailand also plans to procure 5 million doses of single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine this year.
“Negotiations are underway with representatives of Johnson & Johnson,” he said, as quoted by Thai PBS today.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the emergency use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March.
Meanwhile, the United States pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc has submitted their application for emergency use authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine today, Thailand’s FDA Secretary-General Dr Paisarn Dunkum confirmed.
To date, Thailand has approved five Covid-19 vaccine namely Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm.
Thailand kicked-off its initial vaccination drive on Feb 28, targetting mostly medical personnel. On Monday, Thailand began a mass vaccination drive.
To date, more than 5.66 million people in Thailand has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Thailand is rushing to secure more Covid-19 vaccines as the kingdom is fighting a fierce third wave of infections.
Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 2,290 new Covid-19 cases and 27 fatalities, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 189,828 and 1,402 deaths thus far.