Thailand is set to kick off its mass vaccination against COVID-19 nationwide on 7 June 2021, according to Deputy Director-General of Department of Disease Control Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn.
During his briefing given on COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Dr. Sopon said that two million doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines have been delivered to all provinces in the first week of June, in proportion to the infection rate in each area.
It is expected that around five to six million doses will be delivered to all provinces in June. Out of this volume, Bangkok, which has a higher infection rate, will receive one million doses, with 500,000 doses to be received in the first two weeks of June, while every province will get the vaccines in the next four to six months.
In Thailand’s mass vaccination program, the country will acquire 100 million doses to inoculate 70 percent of the population before the end of 2021.
It has already secured 61 million doses from AstraZeneca, which will deliver a number of them to the Government each month.
As for the Sinovac vaccine, the Government has set a target to secure 10-15 million doses. A total of six million doses have so far been delivered. The remaining doses will be sent to Thailand periodically, with three million doses each month. The Chinese government has also donated one million doses of Sinovac to Thailand.
Talks are also underway on the acquisition of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is expected that 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine will arrive in the third quarter of this year, while five million doses from Johnson & Johnson will arrive in the fourth quarter.