The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a 9.4-billion-baht purchase of 20,001,150 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech, a contract for which has already been signed.
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said the expenditure will cover 8.44 billion baht worth of the vaccine and 933 million baht for procurement management.
The Cabinet also acknowledged a proposal to purchase 10 million more doses of the same mRNA vaccine. No contract has been signed, no money allocated and no delivery date set, no matter what the country’s health minister claims.
He also said that the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration assigned the Government Pharmaceutical Organization to buy 12 million more doses of the vaccine by China’s Sinovac Biotech for mix-and-match administration with the vaccine of AstraZeneca Plc. as the combination proved to highly stimulate antibodies.
The mixing vaccine administration would be implemented pending the import of mRNA vaccines in either late September or early October, Anucha said.