Sinopharm price is B888: CRA
The Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) has set the price of the Covid-19 vaccine procured from China's state-owned Sinopharm at 888 baht per dose, CRA secretary-general Nithi Mahanonda said yesterday.
He said the price includes transport, storage and insurance against side effects of the vaccine. It does not include service and medical charges. Dr Nithi said earlier that since the vaccine would be purchased with the academy's own funds it could not be offered free of charge.
He said in a Facebook post yesterday that state or private organisations that want the Sinopharm vaccine from the CRA must be capable of providing it to groups of people who want alternative vaccines -- including staff, family members and migrant workers. But they were not allowed to charge recipients for the vaccine or the service. They were also not allowed to use the vaccine for commercial gain.
Under CRA regulations, violators would be liable to a fine of 15 times the price of the vaccine bought from the CRA. State or private organisations provided with the vaccine by the CRA should also do society a favour by donating 10% of the vaccine to underprivileged groups.
Buyers were required to find hospitals to administer the vaccine. The hospitals must be registered and may collect service charges from such organisations, but not from vaccine recipients, Dr Nithi said.