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

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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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    RR

    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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      Dexter

      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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        RR

        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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      Elisha

      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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      Rupaul

      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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    John

    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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      James

      October 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      John

      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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        Tom

        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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          RR

          October 19, 2020 at 10:15 pm

          Dodging data does not seem to be a nice precaution

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          Jack

          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

            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

            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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        John

        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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          James

          October 20, 2020 at 8:49 pm

          John

          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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        Paul

        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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          James

          October 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm

          Paul

          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

    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

    October 20, 2020 at 9:42 am

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

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    Peter

    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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Health officials say hundreds came into contact with Covid-19 infected women

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Health officials are trying to track down hundreds of people who may have come in contact with any of the 10 Thai women who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Thailand from Myanmar’s border town Tachileik. The women evaded the mandatory 14 day quarantine for returnees and media reports claim they “sneaked” back in the country.

More than 600 people may have been in contact with the women, according to the Disease Control Department’s director general Opas Karnkawinpong. The women all entered the country over the past week, crossing the border to Chiang Rai. Some then travelled to Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi and Bangkok before testing positive for the coronavirus.

The women worked at entertainment venues and hotels in the Tachileik border town before returning to Thailand. Some of the woman are linked to the 1G1 hotel and entertainment venue. Opas says authorities are investigating to see if anyone else crossed the border illegally.

The original patient, a 29 year old woman, put 108 people at high risk and 224 at low risk after she travelled from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai on November 25.

A 25 year old put 9 people at high risk and 11 people at low risk after she entered Chiang Rai on November 26 and checked in to a hotel in the Mae Sai district.

2 of the women, ages 26 and 23, put 4 people at high risk and 24 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai on November 28.

3 of the women, ages 28, 25 and 23, put 14 people at high risk and 7 people at low risk after they entered Chiang Rai and travelled to Phayao around November 27 to 30.

3 other women, ages 21, 25 and 36, put 298 people at risk with 40 of them at a very high risk after they entered Thailand and travelled to Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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7 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 4,039 with 3,882 recoveries and 60 deaths. 147 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 35 year old Indian man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 11 and tested positive 12 days later at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 31 year old Thai woman travelling from the United States with a layover in South Korea tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 19 and tested positive 11 days later while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 46 year old woman travelling from Mexico with a layover in the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 28 and tested positive 3 days later while at a state quarantine hotel in Chon Buri.
  • A 32 year old Egyptian woman travelling from Sweden with a layover in Dubai tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 29 and tested positive the next day while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 37 year old Pakistani man tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 26 and tested positive for 5 days later while at an alternative state quarantine facility in Samut Prakan.
  • 2 Thai women travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19. The women, ages 42 and 49, arrived on November 28 and tested positive 3 days later while at alternative state quarantine hotels in Bangkok and Chon Buri.
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2 infected Thai women took domestic flights after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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2 Thai women, both infected with Covid-19, took domestic flights after entering the Kingdom illegally from Myanmar and bypassing health checks and quarantine. It’s understood that a total of 10 Thai women have now crossed illegally from Myanmar, without undergoing any health checks or carrying out mandatory quarantine. All 10 have tested positive for Covid-19, with several having worked in the same hotel and entertainment establishment in the Burmese border town of Tachileik.

Nation Thailand reports that a 21 year old woman and her friend travelled to Myanmar between November 17 and 27. Both then both crossed back into Thailand at a natural border in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, in the early hours of November 28, avoiding health checks. At the time, both were experiencing symptoms that included a fever, runny nose, and cough.

They checked into a hotel and later that day, booked a Grab taxi to Chiang Rai airport. The 21 year old woman flew to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, while the second took a flight to the neighbouring province of Phitsanulok. Some media reports say the woman who flew to Bangkok was not wearing her mask properly during a taxi journey to her condo in the suburb of Udomsuk. When she reported her symptoms at a clinic the following day, in the company of her boyfriend, she was told to go to hospital. She subsequently tested positive at a private hospital in the Bang Na district of the capital. Her boyfriend is considered high risk.

There is currently no information on her friend who flew to Phitsanulok, whom it’s understood had plans to travel to the neighbouring province of Phichit. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is pushing to have the women prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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