Thailand to receive 2 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of April – PM Prayuth

Thailand to receive 2 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of April – PM Prayuth

BANGKOK: Thailand is expected to receive two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of April, says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha.

He said the first batch of 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was expected to arrive late this month while another 800,000 doses would be delivered in March.

“Another one million doses are expected to arrive in April,” he said at a press conference after chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting, here, today.

However, Prayuth did not disclose the vaccine supplier. Thailand has reportedly ordered 61 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and another two million doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech. 

Last month, Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a one-year emergency use approval for the imported COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University.

Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 189 new COVID-19 cases including 159 in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest outbreak in the kingdom, and zero deaths over the last 24 hours.

To date, Thailand has recorded 23,746 cases and 79 fatalities.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman, Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said of the 189 new cases, 123 were those seeking treatment at hospitals including 74 Myanmar nationals, 32 Thais, two Cambodians and one with unidentified nationality, 56 through active case detection while 10 were imported cases.

“The number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped noticeably in Samut Sakhon from 777 cases on Feb 3 to 159 today. It (Samut Sakhon), however, remains the source of infections in Thailand,” he said at the COVID-19 daily briefing, here, today.

Thaweesilp said about 800 people in communities and factories undergo the COVID-19 test every day.

“We have completed the mass testing at large factories in Samut Sakhon. We will continue (active case detection) at small factories and communities,” he said.

The fresh wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand recorded 19,509 cases and 19 deaths since mid-December. About 80 per cent of the cases were found in Samut Sakhon.