Ministry of Public Health explains the timeline AstraZeneca Confirmed not late order – negotiated for 61 million doses

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Ministry of Public Health opens Astra timeline counter the book slipped Reveals 8.1 million doses of vaccines entering Thailand. The state negotiates with the company continuously asking for 61 million doses of vaccine at the end of 64

On July 18, 2021, from the case of a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand, until a letter slipped about requesting an increase in the number of vaccines to 10 million doses per month from the previously agreed upon 3 million doses per month during Astra. and Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, while AstraZeneca Explain the problem caused by Thailand to order vaccines later than other countries.

Most recently, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (Cor.) revealed the case of negotiating with the company. AstraZeneca, stating that for the AstraZeneca vaccine Vaccinated from February 28 to July 16, 2021, totaling 8,193,500 doses, divided as follows:

1. On February 28, 117,300 doses

2. On May 28, amount 242,100 doses

3. On the 4th of June, the amount of 1,787,100 doses

4. On June 16, 610,000 doses

5. On June 18, 970,000 doses

6. On June 23, amount 593,300 doses

7. On 25 June, 323,600 doses

8. On June 30, amount of 846,000 doses

9. On 3 July, 590,000 doses

10. On 9 July, amount 555,400 doses

11. On 12 July, 1,053,000 doses

12. On July 16, amount 505,700 doses

The procurement of the AstraZeneca vaccine Starting from the first phase of the coronavirus outbreak in April and in August, the Ministry of Public Health signed a contract to support technology transfer from the company. AstraZeneca to manufacturers in Thailand This allows Thailand to produce vaccines against COVID in the country.

Then, on September 23, the Committee for Driving the Procurement of Vaccines approved the initial vaccine procurement plan

On October 9, 2020, the Ministry of Public Health issued an announcement on the provision of vaccines in case of emergencies. On November 17, 2020, the Cabinet approved the advance reservation of AstraZeneca vaccine. 26 million doses

Subsequently, on November 27, 2020, the contract was signed by 3 parties at the Government House, namely Astra Thailand, National Vaccine Institute. and the Department of Disease Control, and on January 5, 2021, the Cabinet approved an additional 35 million doses, totaling 61 million doses.

On January 20, FDA registered Astra’s vaccine against COVID-19. Available in emergencies On February 23, the Cabinet approved the amendment of the contract to purchase vaccines from 26 million doses, increasing 35 million doses to 61 million doses.

Until March 2, the Cabinet approved the budget limit. The Department of Disease Control has negotiated to amend the contract in addition to 26 million doses, an additional 35 million doses by coordinating with Astra Thailand. Then on March 25, 2021, the contract signed by the Department of Disease Control was submitted. for Astra Thailand

“I noticed that when we sent the contract Astra signed a contract to return to take 2 months, which the government received the contract on May 4, it can be seen that we have continued operations. And it took some time. Subsequently, on June 1, 2021, the Cabinet approved the procurement of 61 million doses of the Astra vaccine from June-December 64,” Director-General of the Department of Disease Control.

However, for books that Astra Sent to Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Confirm that it is a letter that the company thanked Mr. Anutin for supporting Thailand to be the production base of Astra.

As a result, Astra can produce vaccines in the ASEAN region And outside ASEAN, all 8 countries, including the report that Early delivery of vaccines which the vaccine delivery schedule agreed that will be delivered in a factory made in Thailand during June, but will be delivered to Thailand in advance from Feb.

Subsequent announcements mention vaccines that have been ordered for him. Thailand booked in the region with 61 million doses from 8 countries, accounting for one-third of the vaccines booked in the ASEAN region. which the company confirmed will deliver to us at least one-third of the vaccine produced.

The Department of Disease Control has notified Astra Thailand on April 24, requesting the vaccine in advance every month in order to complete 61 million doses as follows:

1. June, 6 million doses

2. In July, 10 million doses

3 months Aug. 10 million doses

4. Sept. 10 million doses

5. Oct. amount 10 million doses

6. In November, 10 million doses

7. December, 5 million doses

Dr. Opas reiterated that the letter was a confirmation of how much Thailand needs vaccines. But the delivery depends on Astra’s production capacity, so the request may not be 100%.

For details in the book that Astra will send that 3 million doses in the letter referring to an informal meeting on September 7, 2020 which was an exchange of information.

In the month of Sep. 63 at that time there was a question whether How much is Thailand’s ability to vaccinate? Preliminary information at the time, 3 million doses, but the reality The Department of Disease Control has never made an official statement. that we will be able to inject 3 million doses because we actually have an official notification with Astra that We have the capacity to inject 10 million doses if enough vaccines are available.

Therefore, the information that Astra How much to send to us There are two parts: the needs of Thailand. and his production capacity These two parts must be connected and actually deliver the vaccine.

When asked how the numbers were specified before the contract, Dr. Opas said that in the three-part contract package, consisting of Astra, Department of Disease Control and National Vaccine Institute It is a reservation in advance. Therefore, it cannot be stated that How much does he produce? Production and delivery must be negotiated on a monthly basis.

As for exporting to foreign countries, Astra did not inform us in proportion when contracting. but the contract states If you want to export abroad ask Thailand to support Do not impede exports unreasonably.

“Astra continues to deliver vaccines to us. Which currently has a production capacity of about 15 million doses / month, if one third of the Thai production capacity will be 5 million doses, but it has to be negotiated. Because we insist that 61 million doses, if possible, must be obtained by the end of the year. which must be negotiated monthly As for the news that it will extend May 65, negotiations have to be continued, but Astra has never identified this case.”

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