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Cabinet sets aside Bt6 billion to buy 26 million Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca

By The Nation

 

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The Cabinet has earmarked Bt6.05 billion from the national budget for emergency and necessities to reserve 26 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine developed by British pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri announced on Tuesday.

 

Of the budget, Bt2.38 billion will be allocated to the National Vaccine Institute to reproduce the vaccine so the price can be brought down to US$5 (Bt150) from $20 per dose.

 

The remainder will be divided into Bt1.59 billion for reserving vaccines and Bt2.08 billion for management and distribution. The last amount will only be paid out once the vaccine is proved to be effective.

 

“The Cabinet has agreed to earmark funds for the purchase of vaccines from AstraZeneca because the Public Health Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with it. Thailand’s very own Siam Bioscience company is also preparing to produce vaccines,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30398114

 

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Well done! That will half vaccinate 30% of the population! 

No, it doesn't. You're thinking of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.   As mentioned in this Daily Telegraph article, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine has a big advantage over the vaccin

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I do not understand why they do not go for the vaccine from Moderna, produced by Lonza and being used by the USA. They will produce 400 Mio. doses a year with 50 Mio ready until even the end of this year - unfortunately a lot already fully reserved by the US. It is the gene manipulated kind.

 

But it is more readily available - this year. It is easier to store and transport (requires only partially -80 deg.) and seemingly 94.5% effective.

 

I fear for my wife and myself that at some point we would have to use vaccines from China or Russia. And that I would have to wait as a foreigner even with multiple highly risky predispositions. If I catch COVID I will almost surely die from it - otherwise all doctors would talk nonsense now.

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5 minutes ago, moogradod said:

I do not understand why they do not go for the vaccine from Moderna, produced by Lonza and being used by the USA.

 

China doesn't want Thailand buying anything from the US. So Thailand gets the vaccine that's a day late and a dollar short.

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48 minutes ago, Naturesway said:

I always said your health should be your business only, so don’t spend and waste your money and the people’s money for something <deleted>! 

In cases where it concerns a contageous desease where the virus only can be beaten when a certain percentage of the population got vaccinated.

 

In that case you can't say it's only your own business and I wouldn't be surprised when too many scary people are refusing a shot that it will be mandatory.

 

I wished they would have done that when the polio virus was around, too many people (children) died because there parents refused to vaccinate them because of religious reasons.

 

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