Moderna jabs to reach Thailand from mid-October

Thailand’s acquisition of the highly anticipated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will see the first batch arriving by mid-October, with deliveries continuing to March 2022, the government confirmed on Thursday.

The Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), together with Zuellig Pharma LTD and the Thailand’s Private Hospital Association (PHA), have worked to secure a total of 1,958,400 million doses of the mRNA vaccine for the country by the end of the year.

The organization aims to deliver the first batch of 300,000 around mid-October, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

A further 3 million doses will arrive between January and March 2022, the organization said. 

Each time the batches are delivered, Zuellig will be sending the vaccines to be quality checked first at the Department of Medical Sciences, which will take another three to five days before distribution to private hospitals throughout the country. 

Meanwhile, the GPO will be in charge of handling the allocation of the vaccines according to the quota booked by each private hospital and the Thai Red Cross Society on a “first come first serve” basis, and thus inform the organizations in advance to allow them to schedule their vaccination services accordingly.

While this is the first time Zuellig Pharma is working in contract with the GPO and PHA on such a scale the company also confirmed that the delivery schedule to each hospital and institutions will be in accordance with the orders coming from each manufacturer (first come first serve).

Therefore, private hospitals can be assured that there would be enough vaccines for those who have registered for and pre-ordered the them as planned, the pharma company said.

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