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2 Covid vaccine trials halted in phase 3 over safety concerns

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After Johnson & Johnson paused phase 3 of its Covid vaccine trials due to safety concerns, a second pharmaceutical company has followed suit. Eli Lilly has halted phase 3 trials of a lab-produced antibody treatment, 24 hours after the Johnson & Johnson decision. The Bangkok Post reports that an unspecified incident led Eli Lilly to call a temporary halt to the trials. The day before, Johnson & Johnson paused its phase 3 trials after a participant fell ill. A spokesperson for J&J says the hiatus is temporary.

The 2 delays follow a similar incident with phase 3 trials of a vaccine being jointly worked on by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca, which was briefly delayed last month due to an unexplained illness in one participant. Trials of that vaccine have now resumed globally, with the exception of the US, for reasons unknown. Such snags are par for the course in the final phase testing of vaccine development, particularly as the number of participants is increased significantly to see if very rare side-effects are presented.

A spokesperson for Eli Lilly says the company backs the Data Safety and Monitoring Board in calling a temporary halt to phase 3 trials.

“Lilly is supportive of the decision by the independent DSMB to cautiously ensure the safety of the patients participating in this study.”

Eli Lilly’s trial began in August, aimed at recruiting 10,000 participants, across 50 sites, including the US, Denmark and Singapore, using a lab-produced antibody treatment, similar to that developed by Regeneron and used to treat US President Donald Trump recently. Eli Lilly has not given any further information about the safety concern which has paused phase 3.

Meanwhile, a J&J spokesman says such breaks are to be expected in large-scale trials and that reported illnesses or side-effects may be unrelated to the vaccine.

“It’s not at all unusual for unexpected illnesses in large studies over their duration. In some cases, serious adverse events may have something or nothing to do with the drug or vaccine being investigated.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Al

    October 14, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Before anyone takes any vaccine, you really should be able to view the ingredients and whether or not the company who are providing it are liable for any after effects. If they aren’t liable, then you should also ask why?
    Simple as that!

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    Don R

    October 15, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    The West will have herd immunity long before any vaccine is widely distributed. The hardest hit countries are already almost there.

    It will be nice to return to normal. It will be years before Asia returns to normal. Just this week I spoke with a Thai guy who compared covid to HIV: No chance of immunity, no chance of vaccine, it’s a death sentence, even if you survive you’ll be a carrier and just get reinfected … Where do you think he got these ideas? Certainly not from our *outstanding* news media!

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57 year old woman tests positive for Covid on Samui

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A 57 year old Frenchwoman has baffled Thai medical officials with her quarantine-defying positive test for Covid-19.

The woman had been living on Koh Samui since returning from 14 days of quarantine. Whilst her positive status had become a hot topic on Samui over the past 24 hours, it took until this afternoon for Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, Director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, to confirm the situation at a media conference in Bangkok.

The woman, together with her husband and child, originally tested negative, twice, during her 14 day mandatory stay at an Alternative State Quarantine facility in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. After that the woman showed some symptoms and tested positive, 5 days later.

At this stage the woman’s husband and child have tested negative for Covid-19 following the confirmation of her infection. She is now being treated for her symptoms at the Koh Samui Hospital whilst her husband and child are being kept under observation.

Officials are now in the process to see if the patient could have contracted the disease AFTER her quarantine.

Her family have a home on Koh Samui. They arrived in Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight from Paris on September 30. They were quarantined in Samut Prakan for the mandatory 14 days before they could return to Samui on October 15. Then she developed a fever 2 days after arriving back on the island but stayed at home for a few days before going to a private hospital for another test last Tuesday. 2 days later the positive test was announced.

Now authorities are trying to figure out if the woman was infected whilst in Thailand.

Public health officials have tracked down and tested 15 people who they believe could be at “high-risk” of infection. They’ve all been isolated until their results are confirmed. Another 42 people are “under observation” and considered at “low risk”.

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TAT announces update to compulsory Covid-19 insurance for foreign visitors

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced today an update about compulsory Covid-19 insurance. They say it’s now “conveniently” available online in a one-stop-shop. Up to now the compulsory Covid-19 insurance, a pre-requisite before foreigners can come to Thailand, under any visa, was through selected insurance providers at their own websites. The Thailand Office of Insurance Commission has allowed the review of its policy, making it easier to find and purchase the compulsory insurance.

“Foreign travellers will enjoy the following advantages of purchasing an OIC-endorsed medical insurance policy, which is available online HERE.”

The update provides additional clarity and ease for people looking to travel to Thailand at this time.

“The Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to share the latest announcement that foreign visitors will be able to purchase compulsory Covid-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the Kingdom.”

TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn says the compulsory insurance is part of any package of documents that will need to be completed by foreigners entering Thailand at this time.

“A medical insurance policy with at least US$100,000 coverage or about 3.16 million baht for possible Covid-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand.”

“TAT hopes the Covid-19 insurance protection program, under the regulation of the OIC, offers additional peace-of-mind for foreign visitors and hopefully makes it easier for inbound travellers before departing from their country of origin.”

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The Thai General Association and the Thai Life Assurance Association, plus 16 leading and non-life insurance companies in Thailand are partnering together with the oversight according to regulations from the OIC to offer the Covid-19 insurance protection program to foreign visitors.

  • The insurance policy has been approved by the Thai government and can be used in the Thai visa application process. Coverage begins immediately upon arrival in Thailand.
  • No need for advance payment or out-of-pocket expenses when admitted at private hospitals nationwide. Insurance coverage does not exceed US$100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht.
  • In the case of death from Covid-19 infection, the insurance company will provide a life insurance benefit of USD $100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht to the beneficiary.
  • The insurance premium cost is reasonable, the process is overseen by the OIC, and purchase can be done efficiently online.
  • Thailand’s public health infrastructure and healthcare facilities, as well as healthcare professionals are recognised as some of the best in Asia for treating infectious diseases.

Here’s an example of some of the costs for packages that vary from 30 days to 1 year. The premiums range from 1,600-4,800 Baht for 30 days of coverage; from 2,880-8,640 Baht for 60 days; from 3,840 – 12,160 Baht for 90 days; from 7,680 – 23,040 Baht for 120 days, and from 14,400 – 43,200 Baht for one year.

The Thaiger recommends that, before you make any other travel arrangements about a trip to Thailand, including the booking os flights or ASQ hotels, you should make general enquiries at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in your country.

SOURCE: TAT

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10 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, many on flights with other confirmed cases

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10 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine and many flew in on flights with previously confirmed cases, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand’s total number of confirmed cases is now at 3,719 with 3,514 recoveries and 59 deaths. 146 people are currently receiving medical treatment for Covid-19.

  • 2 Thai women travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. A 52 year old woman arrived on October 10 and tested positive for the virus 11 days later. She was on the same flight as 5 other previously confirmed cases. A 55 year old woman returned to Thailand on October 17 and tested positive for the virus 3 days later.
  • 2 Thai men, ages 60 and 66, travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19. One of them reported symptoms of a cough and fever. One man arrived on October 17 and tested positive the next day and the other arrived on October 19 and tested positive for the virus 3 days later.
  • 2 Thai students, ages 24 and 27, travelling from Yemen tested positive for Covid-19. They flew in on October 9 and were on the same flight as 4 other previously confirmed coronavirus cases. The students tested positive 11 days later.
  • A 66 year old Thai man travelling from Belgium tested positive for Covid-19. He was on the same flight as 5 other previously confirmed cases and reported a fever a week after he arrived in Thailand. He flew in on October 10 and tested positive 9 days later.
  • A 45 year old Thai woman travelling from Japan tested positive for Covid-19. She was on the same flight as 2 other previously confirmed cases. She arrived on October 14 and tested positive 7 days later.
  • A 67 year old Taiwanese man travelling from Taiwan tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on October 8 and tested positive 11 days later.
  • A 60 year old Canadian engineer travelling from Turkey tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on October 16 and tested positive 3 days later.

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