Made it! A million Moderna doses donated by the US arrive in Thailand

Deadline of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, donated by the United States, have arrived in Thailand. The Bangkok Post stories that the US donation touched down yesterday afternoon. Michael Heath from the US Embassy in Bangkok says this is the second US donation of mRNA vaccines following a donation of 1.5 million Pfizer doses in July.
“This new shipment reaffirms our help to Thailand as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder to overcome this global pandemic. While the first tranche of vaccines helped Thailand comprise the Covid-19 outbreak, this second tranche will assist Thailand reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of the population by January, paving the way for the country’s financial recovery.”
Several attempts to donate mRNA vaccines to Thailand have encountered hurdles prior to now, most notably Poland’s recent try to donate 1.5 million Moderna doses to Thammasat University Hospital and an earlier try by the US to donate 1,000,000 Pfizer doses.
In welcoming yesterday’s supply of Moderna doses, Heath mentioned the US has also supplied Thailand with tens of tens of millions of dollars in Covid-19 help, together with serving to to fund the event of Thailand’s personal vaccines. The Bangkok Post reviews that renowned US scientist, Dr Drew Weissman from the University of Pennsylvania, helps Chulalongkorn University with the event of “ChulaCov19”, Asian’s first mRNA vaccine.
Meanwhile, Sophon Iamsirithavorn from the Disease Control Department says the donated Moderna vaccines might be distributed to areas with excessive an infection charges and additionally will serve as booster doses. In specific, he needs to see folks in border areas vaccinated, given the danger of imported instances. He says 65% of the population is now absolutely vaccinated and the aim is to achieve 70% by the end of the yr.
“It might be very tough for us to do it by this month as we have solely 10 days left, however we will attempt to push forward to cover that 5%, which quantities to 3.5 million individuals, as soon as potential. We are sure that we might obtain 70% by the top of this December.”
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