Ministry health

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health to purchase 3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine for young children

A vial labeled ‘Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine’ is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The Ministry of Public Health will sign an agreement with Pfizer (Thailand) for three million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in children aged six months to five years.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Wednesday) that the first shipment of the vaccine is expected in October which is faster than usual as the Department of Disease Control had already issued a voucher of order, which has been approved by the cabinet.

He said young children are at high risk of being infected with COVID-19 as they do not yet have the ability to protect themselves.

The Minister also reaffirmed on October 1st timeline for COVID-19 to be reclassified as an “infectious disease under surveillance” instead of a “dangerous infectious disease” in Thailand.

The public health minister also assured that there was enough antiviral drugs to meet domestic demand, as he insisted that not all patients needed the drugs, which were only dispensed. on a doctor’s prescription.

According to the COVID-19 Information Center, 1,605 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours and 20 deaths, while 1,618 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

The number of hospitalized patients with lung inflammation is 695.