Thailand is set to receive it first set of the covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd next month.
The South-East Asian nation will receive the vaccines in three batches, the first batch will be 200,000 doses arriving in February, another 800,000 in March and the last 1 million in April, according to the Health Ministry.
Thailand also began a local production of vaccines which was developed by AstraZeneca PLC under a technology transfer agreement that is expected to be ready by May according to the Health Ministry.
The country is currently racing to stop the spread of a new wave of local infections that has started spreading from seafood markets near Bangkok, the nation’s capital and the largest city.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha has imposed new restrictions on businesses and gatherings and 27 of it most affected provinces since Monday in order to contain the outbreak.
Thailand which was relatively successful in curbing the pathogen after it became the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, may see cases rise up to a thousand a day even with strict control measures, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
Thailand had earlier reported 315 new cases on Sunday with 294 of them locally transmitted, taking the nation’s total to 7,694.
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