Private hospitals will receive only 40 percent of the Moderna Inc. coronavirus vaccines they ordered after the company delayed and cut back shipments planned the fourth quarter.
Dr. Chalerm Hanpanich, president of the Private Hospital Association, quoted Zuellig Pharma Co. – Moderna’s Thai distributor – as reporting that 2 million doses of the mRNA vaccine would be “gradually” delivered before the end of the year with hospitals getting 60 percent of their orders next year.
Zuellig delayed the initial delivery for only about 10 days, Chalerm claimed, not by the 30 days earlier reported.
Hospitals now have to reschedule vaccination appointments with patients who had paid in advance for their jabs, he said.
People choosing to overdose on vaccines – first getting two doses of the Chinese vaccine from Sinovac Biotech then a third booster shot of AstraZeneca Plc.’s drug – are advised to hold off three months before overloading their body with the Moderna dose.
Studies have shown that too much vaccine in a short time can overstimulate the body’s immune system, creating likely health problems.