Pfizer jab not here yet, says FDA

Pfizer jab not here yet, says FDA

Covid-19 vaccination at Wat Klong Toey Nai in Klong Toey district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Covid-19 vaccination at Wat Klong Toey Nai in Klong Toey district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has dismissed a claim made online by ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in which he said the Pfizer vaccine was already in Thailand for use among a certain group of people.

"The Pfizer vaccine is not yet in this country because Pfizer has yet to register its Covid-19 vaccine with us,'' the FDA's Paisarn Dankum said.

He said Pfizer has been cleared to import its Covid-19 vaccine into the country. However, it had not yet sought a licence to issue vaccines.

About 30 days are needed to get a licence from the FDA to issue Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use only, he said.

"We have not yet received any request from the company for a licence, but hopefully it will happen shortly," the doctor said.

"Therefore, it is impossible to find the Pfizer vaccine here."

Dr Paisarn denied claims Mr Thaksin made online on Clubhouse that a small supply of Pfizer vaccine was already in the country for use by a select few people.

The government is in discussions with Pfizer to place an order for about 10 million doses which are expected to arrive in the country by the end of this year.

Currently, the FDA has already approved three Covid-19 vaccines, from AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Johnson&Johnson.

The agency is now considering a request from Moderna to register its vaccine.

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  • denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ
  • impossible (adjective): something that cannot happen - เป็นไปไม่ได้
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน
  • select (adj): specially chosen - ถูกคัดเลือก
  • supply (noun): an amount or quantity of something that is available to buy or use - อุปทาน
  • vaccine: a substance which contains a form that is not harmful of a virus and which is given to a person or animal to prevent them from getting the disease which the virus causes - วัคซีน
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