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COVID vaccines

Thai king-owned biotech starts production of AstraZeneca vaccine

Plans call for exports to other ASEAN countries as soon as next month

A picture of the Thai royals stands near a Siam Bioscience factory outside Bangkok.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Siam Bioscience, a Thai drugmaker owned by the royal family, has started the country's first production of a COVID-19 vaccine, using AstraZeneca's technology.

The shots will be supplied for domestic use. Shipment volumes and other details have not been disclosed, but Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Tuesday that 6 million doses would be delivered this month, according to the Bangkok Post.

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