Thailand's FDA approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use

A medical worker holds a package for a Sinopharm vaccine at a vaccination facility in Beijing on Jan. 15, 2021. Two vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm appear to be safe and effective against Covid-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists have been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they already are being used in many countries and one recently won the backing of the World Health Organisation. - AP

BANGKOK, May 28 (Reuters): Thailand's food and drug regulator on Friday approved for emergency use the coroanvirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, a senior official said.

"The FDA has approved the Sinopharm vaccine," senior health official Paisan Dankhum told a news conference, making it the fifth Covid-19 vaccine Thailand has approved.

Thailand on Thursday (May 27) reported 47 new Covid-19 fatalities, the highest tally in a single day, raising the country's death toll to 920, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The country also reported 3,323 new cases, including 1,219 detected at prisons, taking the total number of infections to 141,217, according to the CCSA.

New infections still concentrated in the capital Bangkok and its vicinity, with 894 new cases confirmed in Bangkok.

Some 46,469 patients are now under treatment at hospitals, with 1,201 in critical conditions.

As of Tuesday, the South-East Asian country has administered 3.02 million doses of vaccines. It plans to roll out a mass inoculation campaign next month and aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of the year. - Reuters

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