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Exactly. I think this thread is just stirring up worry for no reason.    If an expat can’t afford a covid shot, they shouldn’t be in Thailand. I am sure the 800,000 for retirement visa or 400,0

Thailand has authorized importation of approved vaccine by private hospitals (when there is an approval) so it should be available for those who can afford.

This is complete fear mongering nonsense. The WTTC said the other day that its discrimination and not necessary. The CEO of AirAsia backed up these statements.  No country is going to want to kill its

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7 minutes ago, Chicken George said:

They can say Private hospitals can purchase the Covid vaccine that's approved but who will sell it to them? Small amounts? I doubt the company's making the vaccines will sell to anyone else other than governments. 

they would be buying up to 50-60k per each bangkok hospital.

Each hospital has network, branches around bangkok and even in provinces.

So between 4 already mentioned hospitals they can buy up to 240k vax. Once approved by the government they can import them. There might be many more hospitals for fast sale and large profits, so they might buy hundreds thousands more.

Of course, if the government ordered them and in large quantity, say 2.4 - 24 mln, price would be much different. Producers do know, that private hospitals in thailand do have very large profit. The earlier hospital, which was barred by the government from buying 10k vax, wanted 500% mark up

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1 minute ago, Chicken George said:

They can say Private hospitals can purchase the Covid vaccine that's approved but who will sell it to them? Small amounts? I doubt the company's making the vaccines will sell to anyone else other than governments. 

10`s of thousands of private hospitals and clinics around the world buying hundreds or perhaps even thousands of vaccines each? I don`t think you should underestimate the profits here. We`re talking billions of dollars. Definitely a market these pharmaceutical companies already are fighting over. 

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3 minutes ago, internationalism said:

they would be buying up to 50-60k per each bangkok hospital.

How do you know this so accurately? 

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5 minutes ago, internationalism said:

The earlier hospital, which was barred by the government from buying 10k vax

Which was this, and how were they banned? 

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3 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

I imagine vaccination will be a part of a new visa requirement , 'so get it or go home' will be the new immigration mantra. 

It's hard to get a vaccination that isn't available to foreigners. Why don't they look a small child in the eyes and say sorry but we're kicking your dad out for not having something we won't give him. Wouldn't happen in the Uk or USA

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Just now, Destiny1990 said:

So there will be 60 million vaccines for the Thais but the 200,000 vaccines for the expats no have.

You`ll need 400,000 as everyone need two.

30 million Thais are getting it by this year and they`re aiming at a total of 70% of the population by the end of next year. How long the effectiveness of the vaccine lasts is unknown. Some might have to get revaccinated next year if it only last a year, as Moderna has said might be the effectiveness of their vaccine.

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25 minutes ago, Chicken George said:

They can say Private hospitals can purchase the Covid vaccine that's approved but who will sell it to them? Small amounts? I doubt the company's making the vaccines will sell to anyone else other than governments. 

India is selling it soon.  Thailand will have it's factory up and running soon.  And they'll be selling internally and externally.

 

Be patient.  Read the news.

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