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Thailand to Buy 120 Million Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids, Boosters in 2022

The Public Health Ministry will seek to buy 120 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines next year for use on children and as booster shots.

Department of Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong said Saturday that the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration has approved the provision of 120 million doses from various producers, including 50 million from AstraZeneca Plc. and 50 million from Pfizer Inc.

The vaccines will be of various types including mRNA, viral vector and protein subunit.

He said the Covid-19 vaccines will mainly be used as third-shot boosters for those who have received two shots of CoronaVac from China’s Sinovac Biotech.

They will also be available for children, as many studies have found that it is safe for youths to be inoculated.

Opas said Thailand took delivery of six million doses of vaccines in June and 10 million each in July and August, in line with plans.

The department has also been in talks with AstraZeneca for a larger monthly supply of the vaccine for the rest of the year and the company has agreed to supply 7.2 million doses in September.

In the past two weeks, vaccinations have exceeded 500,000 on most weekdays.