Three months after the government said it was buying 20 million doses of the Pfizer Inc.-made coronavirus vaccine, the Department of Disease Control finally signed the contract, meaning the critically needed mRNA drug won’t arrive in the kingdom until the fourth quarter.
Pfizer (Thailand) and BioNTech announced the contract signing Tuesday but did not elaborate on other details of the deal apart from the number of ordered doses and the delivery timeframe.
There were reports that Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, and Deborah Seifert, Pfizer’s country manager for Thailand and Indochina, signed the contract Monday.
Other reports said Thailand is now interested in procuring another 50 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for delivery next year. Perhaps that contract won’t take months to get done.