Thai regulator approves AstraZenca vaccine for emergency use - sources - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Health ministry sources in Thailand said the drug regulator there has granted emergency-use approval for the COVID-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca, as reported in the Financial Post.

  • Thailand is set to import 200,000 doses of the vaccine, with the first 50,000 expected to arrive next month, according to health minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

  • One of the sources indicated that the approval applied only to vaccine doses manufactured overseas.

  • Thailand has signed a deal with AstraZeneca to produce 26 million doses of its vaccine locally through the firm Siam Bioscience.

  • Aside from AstraZeneca, Thailand's drug regulator has so far received a registration request for vaccines from Sinovac.

  • The country hopes to secure 63 million doses altogether and has so far ordered 2 million doses of that made by Sinovac.

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