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Oxford picks Thailand as production base for COVID-19 vaccine

/ 12:58 PM October 19, 2020
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BANGKOK — Oxford has chosen Thailand as a production base to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to the Asean market.

On Sunday, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said that the government had arranged a credit line from the Bt1 trillion allocated for public health. Approximately Bt40 billion has been allocated in the 2021 fiscal budget to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, including the procurement and production of vaccines.

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Recently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul signed a letter of intent for the production and allocation of a research vaccine against Covid-19 with the University of Oxford. The vaccine developed by the university will use Thailand as a production base for the Asean region.

“The vaccine production of Oxford University is in constant development and has made great progress, with human tests being conducted,” said Traisuree.

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Thailand health officials and Oxford will use Siam Bioscience Co Ltd factory for manufacturing the vaccine in cooperation with corporate giant SCG.

Siam Bioscience and Oxford University have a long-standing partnership in research and innovation.

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