The National Vaccine Institute has pre-ordered Covid-19 vaccines for half of the Thai population, a purchase that will cost the government almost 3 billion baht.
Dr, Panprapa Yongtrakul, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Health, said the National Vaccine Committee approved the early reservation of coronavirus vaccines for half of Thais, with reservations for 20 percent of the population done through COVAX, vaccines pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, and that for the other 30 percent would be directly sealed with manufacturers.
Each person likely would need two doses of a vaccine, Panprapa said.
Dr. Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, said the institute’s management verbally ordered vaccines from 10 manufacturers that entered the Phase 3 of their vaccine testing but had yet to place money for the reservation.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who heads the National Vaccine Committee, can exercise Section 18 of the National Vaccine Security Act to approve the reservation sum worth 2.93 billion baht. The money must be paid within this month.
The first group of people to be vaccinated will be medical personnel and next recipients will be chosen based on the interest of public health, Nakorn said.