The news that the doses would arrive sooner than expected followed a meeting between Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha and AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot, Anucha Burapachaisri said.
The delivery would bring Thailand’s total vaccine supply for 2021 to over 120 million doses, of which 61 million from AstraZeneca and a combination of 30 million doses of China’s Sinovac and 30 million from Pfizer-BioNTech.
Thailand will buy an additional 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine next year, Anucha added.
Thailand has reported 1,066,786 coronavirus infections and 9,562 deaths since the pandemic began. Over 97 per cent of those cases and deaths have been detected since April this year.
In addition to buying more AstraZeneca vaccines, Thailand also has plans to 50 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in 2022, according to the health ministry.