Thailand’s global begging campaign for coronavirus vaccine donations paid off again as Singapore agreed to chip in 122,000 doses of the same AstraZeneca Plc. drug made in Patum Thani.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday that, technically, Thailand is “borrowing” the vaccine doses and will ship them back from the Siam Bioscinece Co. plant outside Bangkok.
Singapore’s “loan” will arrive in Thailand Saturday.
MFA spokesman Tanee Sangrat said the vaccine shipment is part of the vaccine-exchange program established between the two governments.
As part of the deal, Thailand must return the equivalent amount of AstraZeneca vaccine from its fresh supply at a later date.
In addition to the vaccine doses, the government of Singapore will also deliver 200,000 Covid-19 antigen test kits, plus 500,000 specimen-collection swabs to Thailand in the same shipment.
The MFA spokesman said the vaccine-exchange arrangement reflects the MFA’s active role in acquiring Covid-19 vaccines from sources around the world.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has been plumbing diplomatic channels to acquire Covid-19 vaccine donations and other aid from friendly countries.
Thailand previously received 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in a similar vaccine exchange deal made with Bhutan. This country has also received vaccine donations from countries such as China, Japan, the United States, and United Kingdom.