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Thailand orders additional 30 mln doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

Christian Fernsby |
Thailand on Tuesday ordered an additional 30 million doses of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said, with delivery expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.

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The latest order is on top of 30 million Pfizer BioNTech shots due to arrive this year.

Thailand, has so far inoculated about 54% of the 72 million people in the country.

Thailand's main vaccination drive in June had a slow start, due to vaccine shortages and registration problems as the country struggled to quell the Delta variant, with over 200 daily fatalities and 23,000 new infections peaking in August.

The country also has ordered 50,000 courses of Merck and Co's MRK.N Molnupiravir antiviral pill for COVID-19 treatment and is in discussions with Pfizer for its Paxlovid pill.

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