Thailand pushing forward with mass vaccination programme hinh anh 1A Thai man receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot. (Photo: Reuters/VNA)
Bangkok, June 6 (VNA) - Thai government is working with vaccine providers to buy 25 million doses of Pfizer and J&J vaccines to reach 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2021, according to an official.

Thailand has officially purchased 61 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by AstraZeneca and 6 million doses of Sinovac (China). Head of Thailand’s Disease Control Department Opas Karnkawinpong said the country will have to purchase additional 50 million doses in 2022 for the booster injections, especially if many new variants emerge.

Thailand government will officially roll out its mass vaccination programme on June 7 and by the end of December this year, 50 million people will be vaccinated. Karnkawinpong said the department will provide the vaccine on a weekly basis to the localities which need them the most until the sources become more reliable.

On June 4, AstraZeneca pharmaceutical group delivered the first batch of 1.8 million doses to the Government of Thailand. In addition, 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine will be delivered when the mass vaccination campaign begins next week.

In Malaysia, the Ministry of Health said they are conducting Phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products./.