Thai cabinet approves budget for another 9.9 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

A medical worker prepares to administer a dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Mueang district in southern Thailand’s Pattani province on August 30, 2021. Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP

The cabinet has approved a budget of 4.7 billion baht to procure another 9.9 million doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. He also assured that Thailand will be able to procure a total of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year.

The target recipients of the Pfizer vaccine are children aged 12-17, women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant, medical personnel, frontline workers, the elderly, those with any of the seven underlying non-communicable diseases, foreigners in Thailand and those who need to travel overseas, such as students studying abroad and diplomats.

So far, the cabinet has procured 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 61 million of which are AstraZeneca, 19 million are Sinovac and 20 million are Pfizer.

Almost 31 million vaccine doses have been administered so far, mainly with Sinovac and AstraZeneca. About 33% of the population have received their first doses, and 10.5% have been fully inoculated with two doses. Around 585,000 people have received their third booster shots.

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