BANGKOK: Thailand reported on Friday (Jul 16) a daily record of 9,692 COVID-19 infections, taking total cases to 381,907 since the start of the pandemic, as authorities struggle to tackle the country’s biggest wave of infections so far.
The COVID-19 task force also reported 67 more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,099.
AstraZeneca has asked Thailand to extend the timeline for the delivery of 61 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by five months, deputy health minister Sathit Pitutacha said on Thursday.
The delay is due to a slow production ramp-up at AstraZeneca’s local manufacturing partner, which had initial production and delivery issues.
Thailand had earlier said that it was considering imposing limits on exports of locally manufactured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to fight its own outbreak.
READ: Thailand considering limits on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine exports
The country’s main vaccine rollout started last month and only about 5 per cent of its more than 66 million people have been fully vaccinated.
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