BANGKOK — Thai biopharmaceutical company Siam Bioscience has signed an agreement to partner with U.K.-based drug major AstraZeneca to produce and supply potential COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222, developed by the University of Oxford, for Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, said on Monday that all parties agreed to prepare large-scale manufacturing capacity at Siam Bioscience.
AstraZeneca will be providing the potential vaccine at no profit during the pandemic, while Siam Bioscience is to set up the manufacturing facilities through technology transfer from the European giant.
Siam Bioscience did not provide details on production volumes or the amount of investment.
“With transferred technology, [our] company is aiming to have the first batch of vaccines available in the middle of next year,” said Satitpong Sukvimol, chairman of Siam Bioscience.