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50% of Thailand’s population to get Covid-19 vaccine when available – Health Minister

Caitlin Ashworth



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Half the population in Thailand will be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine once it’s released and available to the public, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says. Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are conducting trails of the new vaccine. Thailand is planned to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine.

The health minister says the vaccine will be first used on Thai nationals who are in their mid-60s and then the ministry will work to make sure at least 50% of the population is injected with the vaccine.

The Public Health Ministry is also going through the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility to make sure there is a sufficient supply of a vaccine. The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Supakit Sirilak says about 65 million doses will be needed for Thailand, adding that 40% will be reserved with COVAX, 40% will go to AstraZeneca and 20% will go to other sources.

Siam Bioscience will be producing the vaccine in Thailand. Director of the National Vaccine Institute Nakorn Premsri says they have the potential to produce up to 200 million doses. Production is expected to start in mid-2021.

“Once the technology transfer agreement is signed, the Thai side will have to be trained on production processes. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected to pass Phase 3 testing and production should start in December. After that it needs to register with the FDA in the UK and Thailand, before we can start producing the vaccine mid next year.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Lol, not even in EU or US they will be able to cover 50% of people, probably 20%. Everybody knows who will receive the vaccine first: govt and riches. Then, if some spare shots will remain, they will be sold to the best offerers.

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      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      Nope. you don’t know what you are talking about. First medical staff of all sorts and the elderly will get it, then people with pre-existing conditions of all ages. You don’t know what you are talking about. And in Europe and the US, within 9-12 months they will be able to vaccinate 50%. Stop with the tin hat conspiracy crap. In the US, they already have such protocols in place for the flu vaccine every year as sometimes production is slower or demand is higher. it doesn’t go to ‘elites’ first.

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        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:26 pm

        Man, I live in the middle of Europe, I perfectly know what I am talking about. Here, everybody are aware that at least until spring we will be able to cover perhaps 20% of the population. We do not even have enough flu vaccine to cover those in need. Of course it will go first to meds and olds, that was an evident provocation. But in Thailand, nothing is sure.

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      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:30 am

      Even if the vaccine is made available, many researchers have said it may not
      Be so effective, as the virus mutates frequently. It seems the recent strains have become more transmissible, but less fatal. The Swedish approach has so far been more effective for long term reduction of transmission.

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      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Well this is not the US or EU and all your comments are personal views and speculation.

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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    What vaccine ? Many will become available at some stage and people can decide if they want it or not ! Personally I’ll give a new vaccine a miss

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      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm


      Yes, you will be giving the vaccine a miss if you are currently in Thailand, but not by choice.

      You have no rights to anything there as you are a farang on a temporary visa so you will be at the bottom of the vaccine list anyway.

      We in England have reserved 60million doses and most of us will be happy to have a dose of our own (Oxford University) vaccine.

      Still, you do not need the vaccine in Thailand anyway as it appears hardly anyone has died of it, sorry I have to laugh at the statistics published.

      What you do need though is to get everyone to wear crash helmets in order to stop the 60+ people a DAY who die in road accidents mostly on motorbikes.

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        Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm

        Yea John like you will get a vaccine. I understand that most uneducated fools like yourself will be passed over on the first vaccine to go around. We here in Thailand don’t need that much because we took precautions from the start. Nothing like you idiots in England. How many have died now? Don’t believe the statistics published? Guess what John. We don’t give a shit what you believe.

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          Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:15 pm

          Dodging data does not seem to be a nice precaution

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          Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:11 pm

          Otherwise healthy people who died…

          About 800.

          And testing isn’t accurate or specific to covid 19.

          The reaction to this is insane. Vaccinate for what? It’s not dangerous to me or most of the people I know.

          I know this through my experience with it last Nov. I think 1 or 2 workers missed 1 day of work. Everyone caught it. No one died or missed work.

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            James Pate

            Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:19 am

            A Thai businessman in my wife’s building died after returning from London and infected his driver who lived but was quite ill. She rode the elevator with them often. Restaurant mgr. where she often ate lunch also infected. We were, understandably, quite worried.Just because you don’t know someone personally, doesn’t make it less real.

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:17 pm

            “I know this through my experience with it last Nov. I think 1 or 2 workers missed 1 day of work. Everyone caught it. No one died or missed work.”

            That was your experience of it “LAST NOV.”

            Really? Do tell … what planet was this on “LAST NOV”?

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        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:50 am

        I need to get everyone to wear helmets ? Fact is thousands are killed on bikes ‘with helmets on’. I know a little bit about what goes on here as well as UK

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          Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:49 pm


          So do I re knowing a little about Thailand as I was there for a year between 2018 and 2019 and this year I spent seven months there.

          I have been going to Thailand for 30+ years for part of the year.

          I can tell you for a fact most people in Thailand do not wear crash helmets on motorbikes.

          In Phuket, 60% do not wear them and outside in the sticks, hardly anyone wears them.

          I suppose the government could pretend there are hardly any deaths on the roads as they have done with the virus numbers.

          As I said I was in Phuket from January to August and when the virus arrived people wore masks but there was no social distancing, places like Makro and Tesco were packed with customers all close to each other as normal.

          There was a total lockdown in the UK for months and still, we had many deaths, that is because we test and also tell the truth as we are not ruled by the military dictators as in Thailand.

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        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:54 am

        Sorry you have no idea. I am currently here and have a clue. All residents of Thailand will be given the vaccine including work permits, residents, embassies staff. First are front line, elderly and then will filter down. If you are legal to work in Thailand you will receive the vaccine. Only people who won’t are tourists unless they pay. Was discussed last week at cabinet meeting.

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          Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm


          Whaaa, you believe what has been discussed in the Thai government?

          That is the same government who took democracy away from its own people and you think they are going to look after you the farangs.

          I was there as I said above for 1 year and 7 months recently and I after 30 years o flong visits I know what happens there.

          It is a great place for tourists like me and for staying medium term but I am not silly enough to believe I am living there as an equal to Thai people.

          Farangs on temporary yearly visas make me laugh as they think they are part of Thailand, you are just there to pay and will be kicked out when you run out of money, see Thailand for what it is, a great place to visit but you are no way allowed to live there for longer than a year at a time without getting a new visa each year.

          Thais staying in the UK have permanent residency and are allowed all the rights of a person born here including free medical/hospital treatment.

          Most farangs who have spent many years in Thailand have to return to their own country when they get old as they won’t be able to get medical insurance after a certain age and will not be able to afford tens or maybe hundreds of thousands in medical fees if they fall seriously ill (All free in the UK).

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Only 50 percent?
    If I was Oxford university I would send medics to give the vaccine to whom they choose.
    Otherwise the Thais will sell it on at an inflated price to other countries.
    Then they will copy the vaccine and make a fortune out of it.
    Tell the Thais no vaccine until they stop looting English expats and charging outrageous fraudulent charges for any brits who want to enter Thailand.
    These are the only laws Thais understand.

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    Don R

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Or you could just turn off your TV and Rona will go away.

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:17 am

    It is insane to even consider taking a vaccine for a “virus” that has not even been scientifically isolated or identified. This has been admitted by both the US FDA and CDC. If there is no “virus” then how can there be a vaccine??

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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