Covid-19 vaccine to arrive in Thailand ‘early next year’
Thailand on Monday (Oct 12) will sign an agreement to receive supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine from the University of Oxford which may be released before 2020 ends.
Thailand and the United Kingdom will get access to the vaccine at the same time under the deal.
Researches at Oxford are at the forefront of the global race to develop a vaccine. Last week, the university reported that its vaccine could be ready before the end of 2020.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the Thai government had signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for access to vaccine supplies with about 20 foreign research outfits, The Nation reported.
Among them is the University of Oxford, which will sign the MOU with the National Vaccine Institute on Monday.
The Nation added that “under the agreement, supplies of the vaccine will be gradually imported. First to be vaccinated with the new drug will be vulnerable groups such as medics treating Covid-19 patients, as well as the elderly and children.”
The first supplies of Covid-19 vaccine are expected to be available to Thais in early 2021.
Source: The Nation
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