Plan to buy jabs from Europe
A Foreign Affairs Ministry proposal to purchase AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines from Spain and Hungary was approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday, according to its spokesman.
Under the plan, Thailand would purchase 165,000 AstraZeneca doses at 2.9 euros (114 baht) each and 2.78 million Pfizer doses at 15.5 euros each from Spain, according to Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA.
The kingdom would also purchase 400,000 AstraZeneca doses from Hungary at 1.78 euros per dose, he said.
The CCSA is aiming to inculcate at least 50% of the population, including expatriates, and at least 70% of the population in at least one district in every province by next month, he said.
The CCSA is aiming to acquire a total 178.2 million doses from various coronavirus vaccine manufacturers.
A total of 16.3 million doses of the Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines have already been delivered this month, and 10 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine are expected to arrive this week, Dr Taweesilp said.