Thai vaccine human trials to begin in March

Thai vaccine human trials to begin in March

FILE PHOTO: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul arrives to a meeting to discuss the management of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak and vaccines in Bangkok, Jan 25, 2021. (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul arrives to a meeting to discuss the management of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak and vaccines in Bangkok, Jan 25, 2021. (Reuters)

Thailand will begin clinical trials of a locally developed Covid-19 vaccine in March, making it the nation’s first inoculation programme to enter human trials.

The programme, led by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, Mahidol University and the Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health, started its research mid-2020 and its animal testings showed good results, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday.

“Thailand isn’t just relying on one source for vaccines. We’re actively looking for ways to procure the shots, including producing them ourselves,” Mr Anutin said, adding that if the human trials are successful, the state drug manufacturer will be able to produce 25 to 30 million doses of the vaccines per year.

“We’re not placing our bets on one horse, what we’re doing now is owning a whole stable,” Mr Anutin said.


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