Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given authorisation use for the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine of Moderna, Thai FDA official Facebook page said.

The vaccine is the fourth coronavirus vaccine approved so far in Thailand. Its use is valid for one year from May 13, said Paisan Dankhu, the secretary general of the Food and Drug Administration. The Moderna vaccine uses Messenger RNA technology like the Pfizer Vaccine which has a higher efficiency rate against COVID 19 infections than traditional vaccines.

The approval will pave the way for commercial vaccinations by private hospitals, who have been given a green light to give Covid shots made by Thai FDA-approved manufacturers other than Sinovac Biotec (CoronaVac), Astrazeneca (Vaxzevria, Covishield), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and Gamaleya (Sputnik V).

The Private Hospital Association said earlier their member hospitals would charge a standard price of not more than 3,000 baht per person. The price is for two shots, including insurance and valued-added tax.

The Government Pharmaceuticals Organization will act as the middle man to import the vaccines of their choice for them since most vaccine manufacturers do not sell directly to companies.

Source: Bangkok Post