The Thai Food and Drug Administration is preparing to register any COVID-19 vaccines that are successfully developed in the country.
The World Health Organization is monitoring a total of 142 coronavirus vaccine research programs worldwide, six of which are being conducted in Thailand. 13 programs are at the advanced stage of human trials, while the remaining 129 are at the animal-trial or laboratory stage.
Both prototypes have been tested successfully on animals and are now set to be tested in humans.
According to Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul in a report last week, “Thai COVID-19 vaccine may be available by early next year.”
FDA Deputy Secretary-General Surachoke Tangwiwat said his agency has been in close contact with the Thai research programs right from the start.
“We have monitored every procedure and step, and have also laid plans for the production of (successful COVID-19) vaccines in the future,” he said.
He added that the FDA was being understanding towards scientists who wanted to skip some steps in the vaccine research for reasons of urgency.