800,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be delivered to provinces in April: PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Saturday that 800,000 doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine would be delivered to provinces nationwide this month.
Of the total, he said 300,000 doses would be used to contain the spread of Covid-19 in six provinces, another 300,000 doses would be used to help tourism recover and in border provinces, and 200,000 doses would be delivered to 55 provinces.
"We have urged government agencies to use an application to facilitate registration for the Covid-19 vaccine jab," he said.
He said the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had so far approved three Covid-19 vaccines: AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Johnson & Johnson.
He added that the government was ready to support the private sector in purchasing and importing Covid-19 vaccines once pharmaceutical companies allow them to do so.
"Many pharmaceutical companies are preparing documents to request approval from Thai FDA, such as India's Bharat Biotech, US Moderna and China's Sinopharm," he said.
To generate revenue for the country, he added that the Cabinet had approved the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s plan to reopen the country to foreign tourists.
The plan reduces the quarantine period to seven days for fully vaccinated tourists visiting Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
From July 1, vaccinated tourists can visit Phuket without undergoing quarantine.
From October 1, the quarantine measure will be lifted in Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
Thailand will lift all quarantine restrictions on foreign travellers next year.
"To gain confidence among people, all tourists must take another Covid-19 test, travel in specified areas, undergo preventive measures and use tracking application," he added.