PM will allow local administration to buy FDA-approved vaccines

Thailand COVID-19 vaccines
(FILES) In this file photo a pharmacist fills a syringe to prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers at a vaccination site at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on December 19, 2020 in Torrance, California. – Canada announced on January 12, 2021 a deal to secure an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which would allow for more than half of Canadians to be inoculated before summer. The American and German pharmaceutical giants will also accelerate deliveries of their jointly-developed vaccine over the coming months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Local government bodies in Thailand will be allowed to acquire COVID-19 vaccines using their own budgets, but the vaccines must be approved by the Food and Drug administration of the country of origin, and the Thai FDA.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he understands that a lot of people have high hopes for the vaccines and the government is acquiring them through many channels.

He said the government is trying its best, but it will be difficult to please everyone. He said the important point is to ensure that as many people as possible get inoculated.

The cabinet will oversee the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, and will be very careful over the procurement process.

Prayut said, however, the timeline of getting vaccines manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand is in progressing well, but still needs to complete several more processes.


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