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Thailand denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

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BANGKOK: Thailand will not be blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a authorities consultant mentioned, after Taiwan mentioned Thailand was preserving for itself doses of the vaccine that it’s producing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen mentioned on Friday (Jun 11) Taiwan had ordered 10 million doses from AstraZeneca , which was primarily producing them in Thailand, however Thailand was “giving precedence for vaccines for use in Thailand”.

“Thailand will not be blocking exports of AstraZeneca,” deputy authorities spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul mentioned on Twitter late on Saturday.

“It’s a matter for the producer to handle,” she mentioned.

She didn’t specify whether or not she meant AstraZeneca or the Thai producer, Siam Bioscience. The well being ministry couldn’t be reached on Sunday, and each corporations have declined to touch upon causes for export delays.

Each Thailand and Taiwan have seen a surge of coronavirus instances in current week after months of efficiently preserving their outbreaks in verify.

READ: AstraZeneca says working with Southeast Asian nations on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries

The Philippines mentioned this month it was anticipating delays of AstraZeneca’s Thai-made vaccines as a consequence of manufacturing delays. Malaysia additionally mentioned it was anticipating delays.

AstraZeneca’s distribution plans in Southeast Asia rely on 200 million doses made by Siam Bioscience, an organization owned by Thailand’s king that’s making vaccines for the primary time.

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