Thailand to get first 2M vaccine doses in February

BANGKOK (AP)— Thailand will receive the first two million doses of a coronavirus vaccine in February, as the country grapples with a surge in cases.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul made the announcement yesterday but did not identify the manufacturer.

Thailand has signed a deal with Oxford-AstraZeneca to locally produce 180-200 million doses for Southeast Asia. Out of that, it has reserved 26 million for its population. Media reports quoted officials as saying the first locally produced shots are not expected before May.

Anutin said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had assigned him to negotiate with every company that has started selling vaccines.

“We will continue the negotiation to secure more and get them as soon as possible for the safety of Thai people,” he told reporters.