Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said has requested 600 million baht for Thailand’s joint efforts with other countries to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus.
He said that the request would be proposed at the Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
The prime minister would decide if the budget would come from the government’s central fund or a loan. However, the budget should be allocated as soon as possible, Anutin said.
“A vaccine will be a key tool to fight against Covid-19,” he said.
Anutin also said that he monitored anti-government demonstrations and found that 90 percent of protestors wore face masks.
Thailand, which plans to begin human trials on a homespun vaccine in October, has cast a skeptical eye toward a recently registered Russian vaccine that Vietnam and the Philippines announced plans to buy.
Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, said Thai health experts are wary of the rushed Russian vaccine, saying they are concerned it hasn’t gone thorough-enough testing.