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The promising Moderna vaccines are expected in Thailand in the first days of November


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The good vaccine news for Thailand keeps coming! After the World Health Organization approved the emergency Thai-made AstraZeneca, it is now reported that the Moderna vaccines will finally arrive in Thailand in November.

Zuellig Pharma, the company that distributes the much-needed Moderna mRNA Covid19 vaccine in Thailand, has said weekly shipments will arrive in Thailand, the first of which will land by air in November.

While originally expected to arrive this month, there were no reports of any shipments to give hope to people in Thailand, many of whom ordered Moderna vaccination from private hospitals and clinics. The general manager of ZP Therapeutics Zuellig Pharma Thailand apologized for the delay and said they were doing everything they could to get the vaccines into the country as quickly as possible.

They said a rush of applications, coupled with production delays, contributed to the late delivery of vaccines. Zuellig Pharma partnered with Moderna to find more manufacturing resources to speed up production and has sought resources in Europe and the United States.

Now they expect between 100,000 and 300,000 Moderna vaccines to be delivered in Thailand every week starting next month. Weekly shipments will continue until Zuellig Pharma delivers 1.9 million Moderna vaccines by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

The distributors and manufacturers should provide even more Moderna vaccines, and the remaining doses they insure will be delivered by the end of the first quarter of next year. However, they say they cannot guarantee an exact delivery date as the shipments still go through several steps in the distribution process and the vaccines still have to go through the manufacturer’s quality control process.

Final dates for each shipment are expected to be confirmed only 1 to 2 weeks before delivery is received. This procedure would not only be for Thailand, but for any country that has purchased Moderna vaccines.

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