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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial volunteer dies

Caitlin Ashworth



A volunteer for a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial in Brazil has died. But he never actually received the experimental vaccine, although he was involved in the trial groups. He did, however, die of Covid-19.

But trials on the vaccine, being developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, are set to continue. The university says “there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial.” The vaccine is also planned to be produced in Thailand and be available to the Thai population by the first half of 2021.

The 28 year old volunteer from Rio de Janeiro died from Covid-19 complications, according to CNN Brasil. He was apparently never injected with the experimental vaccine. If the volunteer had been given the Covid-19 vaccine and died, the trial would have been suspended, a source told Reuters, adding that the volunteer may have been part of the control group.

The Federal University of Sao Paulo is helping to coordinate the trials in Brazil and has also recommended the trials continue. So far, 8,000 volunteers have been injected with the first dose of the vaccine and some have already been jabbed a second time, a university spokesperson said.

“Everything is proceeding as expected, without any record of serious vaccine-related complications involving any of the participating volunteers.”

Thailand is set to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine. If the AstraZeneca trials are successful, the vaccine will be available to the Thai population by the first half of 2021. For Thailand, the vaccine is seen as a lifeline to save the country’s struggling economy, allowing borders to safely reopen and revive the tourism industry.

The company Siam Bioscience will manufacture the vaccine in Thailand and provide injections for the Thai populations as well as the neighbouring countries Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.



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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Good luck with everybody. I have this feeling that thais are going to have many health issues in a near future.

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:26 pm


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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm


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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Was it a Chinese vaccine that the Brazilian army had on trail, 2000 troops.
    Clearly this another.
    I will take my chances thanks.

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:49 am

    It is important to emphasize that this person was in the control group , so he got placebo, not the real vaccine .

    So his death has nothing to do with the vaccine!

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      Don R

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Exactly. It’s clickbait. Credit to our *outstanding* news media for this story!

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Stop click bait head lines thank you. Keep your image intact.

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      Don R

      Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      What image?

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    James E.Heikkinen

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Why doesn’t Thailand go with Sinovac that is having great success in phase three worldwide? China is a better friend to the Thais than anyone else.

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      Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      I wouldn’t go with any vaccine that was developed in a rush. It is the long-term testing that’s important, and you simply can’t skip those 5 years. Any telescoped vaccine development is nothing else but experimenting on humans. Not with me, thanks. And not for a constantly mutating virus that’s evidently not more dangerous than a seasonal flu, which has been proven in countless studies by some of the most recognized virologists in the world.

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        Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm

        How dare you say its no more dangerous than the flu. While I and most people can read and understand numbers… what is bothering me is that you have the audacity to mention and tell the world you can think for yourself. You are supposed to simply accept and regurgitate the MSM narrative… are you doctor? If not, your opinion is invalid in all the sheeples minds. ?

      • The Thaiger & The Nation

        The Thaiger & The Nation

        Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        Biff. The flu is endemic, and can be caught by anyone in the world, despite a vaccine being available. Covid-19 has currently infected less than 1% of the world yet has already killed more than the flu annually. So do the maths.

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          Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:37 pm

          Well we don’t have accurate tests and so we don’t really know the full infection rate. Its possible a lot more people have already contracted it with no or minimal symptoms and simply never got tested.

          I know many people who were very sick with covid like symptoms last nov and dec.

          So without more comprehensive testing that is also accurate, your numbers don’t really mean a lot…

          Hospital icu capacity is possibly a better metric to use.

          If we look at total deaths from any cause year or year do we see a major spike? Nope nope nope, we do not.

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      Dexter L.

      Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:10 am

      Go with the vaccine that comes out of the US or the UK, maybe France or Germany. Go with the vaccine that comes from where almost all medical advances come from and where every med student in the world aspires to go to school, even if they go back to their country to practice medicine. Yeah, those countries have problems but medical research and standards during their studies is not one of them.

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    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    28-year olds don’t just die from Covid-19 unless they already had serious health issues. During various investigations it has turned out that many people in Brazil died as a result of treatment with hydroxychloroquine (due to the encyme deficiency many Latin and black people have) or a toxic overdose of hydroxychloroquine (800 mg a day). So it would have been interesting to get some background information on the person who died. Also, as is commonly known by now, many people have been hospitalized or died of something completely different, but were counted as Covid-10 victims just because they also tested positive at some point. And as we all know, as test positive does not mean the person is actually sick or has the virus. The PCR test cannot detect a current infection and definitely not an illness. So, sorry, I’d be very cautious with the information that this person died of Covid-19. That’s exactly the sort of information we can expect to hear from those pharma companies when people die from their crap. Here is an interesting interview with Robert F. Kennedy on the tricks vaccine developers work with when their volunteers die:

    • The Thaiger & The Nation

      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:48 am

      No links please.

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    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    In S. Korea there are 9, no, now 13, no now 25 people who have died from the latest flu vaccine. Imagine how many others have other near death or illnesses after getting injected?

    How many times have I heard that they got the worst bout of flu (even for 2 months) after getting vaxxed? 😉

    • The Thaiger & The Nation

      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      I don’t know, how many times?

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        Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:25 pm

        How old are you? Over the years? About 5 times. One recently who died (a close relative) who got sick not long afterwards and remained in a bad way after 5 months, he died. Admittedly that same good fellow had been taking them annually for some time.

        Yes, those are facts. Don’t believe me? Your problem. 😉

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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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