THAILAND: Thailand will kick off a world-first mixed dose regime amid an unprecedented flareup in its Covid outbreak plans to use more Chinese-made vaccines to fill the gap in supply from AstraZeneca Plc.
Thai health officials began administering the Astra vaccine on Monday, as the second shot to recipients who receive Sinovac Biotech Lts as the first jab, as a method to boost the defence against the highly contagious Delta variant which is said may be responsible for driving up the daily cases to “highs” of 20,000 by next month.
The Director-General of the Department of Disease Control had announced that under the revised vaccine regime, Thailand will use five million Sinovac shots per month.
The country will be chasing additional vaccine deals as Astra who was the primary supplier for its national rollout had conveyed its inability to meet the targets set by the government. Therefore, Thailand is now working to procure more shots from other manufacturers. Authorities are trying to maximise vaccinations to reduce hospitalisation and death rates as the surge of new infections overwhelms the nation’s public health system.
The original plan of solely relying on AstraZeneca has to be abandoned as they are unable to administer 10 million shots per month due to a shortage of supplies by half the expected amount. The country is now looking to increase their supplies including limiting exports. – HINDUSTAN TIMES
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