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Thai FDA approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Mar 25. 2021
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By The Nation

Thailand’s drug regulator has approved use of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on Thursday.

Writing on Facebook, Anutin said Food and Drug Administration secretary-general Paisan Dankhum had given the green light for emergency use in Thailand of J&J’s single-jab shot.

The J&J shot is the third vaccine approved by Thailand after the Sinovac and AstraZeneca jabs.

However, Anutin offered no details about how many doses Thailand would order from J&J. The country has so far ordered 2 million shots from Sinovac and 61 million from AstraZeneca.

Anutin also invited more companies to register their vaccines with the Thai FDA, promising the government would not run a monopoly on vaccines. Private medical companies in Thailand have criticised the government for not allowing them to import their own vaccines yet.

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