The highly anticipated Moderna mRNA vaccine has finally arrived in Thailand, with the state pharmaceutical organization receiving 560,200 doses the day before yesterday. The vaccine, part of the first batch of orders, arrived on a Lufthansa flight and are now undergoing quality control before being distributed.
The Bangkok Post reports that 77% of vaccines go to private hospitals that have already made bookings and deposits from enthusiastic recipients. Sunaiyana Kitkasetpaisan of ZP Therapeutics, a division of Zuellig Pharma, an official distributor in Thailand, is pleased that the delivery has arrived as planned. The company has already filed documents with the Thai Food and Drug Administration regarding further imports from a factory in the US. Delivery of the first batch was hampered by ongoing problems in purchasing vaccines from a facility in Europe.
The GPO is believed to have ordered more than 8.6 million Moderna vaccines on behalf of private hospitals. 1.9 million vaccines will be shipped by the end of this year, with the rest expected in the first quarter of 2022. After 77% of yesterday’s supplies have been distributed to private hospitals, the rest will be distributed to government agencies. The Thai Red Cross has placed an order for 1 million vaccines and will receive 20% of the first shipment.
Chalerm Harnpanich, chairman of the Thai Private Hospital Association, says those who have already registered and paid a deposit for Moderna should check with their hospital if they are eligible for a vaccine from this party. He adds that people who have already received 2 vaccinations of Sinovac and an AstraZeneca booster can postpone their appointment or transfer their assignment to someone else.
In the meantime, Chulabhorn Hospital has urged people who have reserved and paid for Moderna as a booster to honour their appointment as unused vaccines are thrown away.
Studies with the Moderna mRNA vaccine show that it is more than 94% effective in protecting recipients from severe illness, hospitalization or death from the Covid19 virus.
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