The Government has unveiled its plan to acquire COVID-19 vaccines of good quality on the principle of safety and efficiency and distribute them to medical personnel and various risk groups of people as soon as possible.
Speaking after the Cabinet meeting on 16 March 2021, Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri quoted Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha as saying that the private sector would be allowed to import COVID-19 vaccines, the standards of which must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Prime Minister said that the Government would receive an additional 800,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China in March 2021, and another one million doses would arrive in April. As for the United Kingdom’s AstraZeneca vaccine, it would continue to arrive, as planned.
The Government has secured 63 million doses – 61 million from AstraZeneca and two million from Sinovac – to build national immunity. It is expected that at least 10 million doses will be injected monthly, starting in June this year.
The Government is also negotiating with other COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, apart from Sinovac and AstraZeneca. As for private companies wanting to import the vaccines, they have to register with the Food and Drug Administration.
The Prime Minister on 16 March 2021 led Cabinet members in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the future, there may be mobile vaccination units to provide better services for the people. However, the Prime Minister stressed that it is very important for the public to continue observing self-preventive measures, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, in order to keep infection cases to the minimum.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department