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Thailand Buying 614K Doses of Same Covid-19 Made in Pathum Thani

mAbxience, the biotec company of the Spanish Insud Pharma Group, produces the AstraZeneca vaccine in Spain.
mAbxience, the biotec company of the Spanish Insud Pharma Group, produces the AstraZeneca vaccine in Spain.

Thailand is getting another 165,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Plc. vaccine… from Spain, not Pathum Thani.

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of the same vaccine made in the Bangkok metropolitan from Europe, as Siam Bioscinece Co. – the local AstraZeneca manufacturer – can’t supply enough doses fast enough.

Delivery is expected early next month.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the Cabinet assigned the Department of Disease Control to order the amount of the vaccine in addition to the 449,500 doses that the cabinet had resolved on Sept. 14 to procure from Spain. The total procurement from Spain rose to 614,500 doses.

Thanakorn said Spain would deliver both lots within early October and the procurement resulted from Thailand’s negotiations to buy Covid-19 vaccines from countries in the European Union.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kiatiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health, said new Covid-19 cases could drop to about 5,000 a day in October because more people would be vaccinated.

So far, more than 50 percent of the Thai population has received its first jab and about 25 percent have had a second dose. Without mutation, the disease would be controlled at a certain degree, he forecast.

After seeing daily cases drop below the 10,000 barrier for the first time since July 16 on Tuesday, the number of new infections rose to 10,414 on Wednesday with 122 deaths.