After Thai people have called on the government to get a hold of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna, the Thai cabinet today said it will bring in 20 million doses of Pfizer later this year.
After a meeting held on Tuesday, the Thai cabinet gave a green light to a purchase contract that will import a total of 20 million doses of highly-effective Pfizer from October onwards.
The vaccines will be made free for the people, according to the government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri.
More details will be announced on a later date, Anucha said.
To date, only two vaccines have been used to inoculate Thai populations : Sinovac and AstraZeneca. Millions more doses of Sinovac are expected to arrive this year. As the third-wave outbreak since April has worsened with confirmed record-high infections and deaths daily, many Thais have called for the government to take action in importing more efficient vaccines to be available to medical workers and citizens.