Govt denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca vaccines

Govt denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca vaccines

Thailand is not blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a government representative said, after Taiwan said Thailand was keeping for itself doses of the vaccine that it is producing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday Taiwan had ordered 10 million doses from AstraZeneca , which was mainly producing them in Thailand, but Thailand was "giving priority for vaccines to be used in Thailand".

"Thailand is not blocking exports of AstraZeneca,” deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said on Twitter late on Saturday.

"It is a matter for the producer to manage," she said.

She did not specify whether she meant AstraZeneca or the Thai manufacturer, Siam Bioscience. The health ministry could not be reached on Sunday, and both companies have declined to comment on reasons for export delays.

Both Thailand and Taiwan have seen a surge of coronavirus cases in recent week after months of successfully keeping their outbreaks in check.

The Philippines said this month it was expecting delays of AstraZeneca’s Thai-made vaccines due to production delays. Malaysia also said it was expecting delays.

AstraZeneca's distribution plans in Southeast Asia depends on 200 million doses made by Siam Bioscience, a company that is making vaccines for the first time. 

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (21)

Daily Covid cases spike in Prachuap

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: The number of daily Covid-19 infections reported in this province rose suddenly to 341 on Friday, most in Pran Buri district. There was one more coronavirus-related death.

15:55

+9.810 Covid cases

New infections are up slightly, but daily coronavirus fatalities are down - from 73 last reported to 66.

15:30

Arrival rules

Conditions announced for quarantine-free entry by air from Nov 1 from 46 countries, including people who recently left Thailand for those countries.

15:18