A researcher developing a coronavirus vaccine in Thailand says he aims to make it cost-effective and accessible in Southeast Asia and prevent a global supply shortage, as reported in the National Post.
Thailand’s government said it plans to have a vaccine ready to deploy next year after researchers at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University successfully conducted trials on mice.
The researchers want to produce the vaccine in Thailand at a price more affordable there and in nearby markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the university’s coronavirus vaccine development, said it’s important not to only rely on major economies to develop and manufacture vaccines, or there could be supply bottlenecks. "Let's say there is proof that it works, how can the manufacturing facility make millions or billions of doses?" he said. "So a country like us, a small country, we need to step up and then do our own work as well."
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