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The makers of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine have dropped its effectiveness rate by 3 percent. The revised rate comes after an independent panel of experts appointed to supervise the trial expressed concern that AstraZeneca had failed to include updated data in its initially released figure. The US National Institutes of Health then issued a rare statement asking AstraZeneca to work with the panel to issue a new press release.

Now, the British-Swedish company says the vaccine is 76% effective at preventing any kind of symptomatic Covid, falling from the 79% that was reported in previous trials. It says it remains 100% effective against severe forms of the Covid virus.

The new figure is based on 190 people who fell sick among 32,449 trial participants across the United States, Peru and Chile, 2/3 of whom received the vaccine while the rest received a placebo. The previous figure was based on 141 cases, with the company adding that there are 14 more probable cases of Covid that are waiting to be adjudicated in the new figures, which could affect the rate positively or negatively by a few percentage points.

AstraZeneca was an early frontrunner in the global race to develop a Covid vaccine, with the United States ordering 300 million doses. But the US became less confident after several communication errors, resulting in the authorisation of other vaccines by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna.

Recently, several European countries, as well as Thailand, halted the rollout of the vaccine over potential blood clot risks before later resuming its use. The European Medicines Agency responded to the concerns by deeming the vaccine safe and said it was not associated with blood clotting generally, but noted that it could not rule out a link to 2 highly rare forms of clotting. The agency then suggested that a warning label should be put on the vaccine packaging.

Meanwhile, the southern resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui have made requests to the Public Health Ministry for enough doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate a majority of the islands’ residents in anticipation of an early return to some semblance of tourism. Both holiday islands have a high reliance on tourist dollars. Private businesses in Phuket have made a formal request for 900,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the Public Health Minister.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Ian Bromley

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    This country has tied it’s future to this incompetent company. There can be no confidence in the Thai manufacturing plans actually happening, which will plunge this country into chaos and further damage to the already seriously threatened tourism industry. It is sickening to watch the antics of Anutin posing for press coverage as he gets vaccinated. I wonder how the general population will feel when he fails to deliver!

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    Bobby m

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Unbelievable. Now it’s about a +/- off 3%.

    AZ is the most economical vaccine that works well enough to stop serious illness and offers in excess of 70% protection against Covid and100% protection against serious illness and hospitalisation.

    The company has pledged to provide the vaccine to developing countries at cost (non profit making). This in turn limits the sales of other manufacturers vaccine. Sad that it may be. It’s my opinion, that this bombardment of continual attempts to discredit the vaccine is commercial. Profit over lives, appalling.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    So “76%” effective?

    Not 97 or 98%”

    So from the point of view of transmission and being contagious, 24% of those coming in vaccinated and so avoiding quarantine may as well not be vaccinated at all?

    So if just a tenth of 2019 figures arrive, 2,500 every day will be no less contagious than if they hadn’t been vaccinated at all?

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    quang

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    https://www.lci.fr/international/covid-19-coronavirus-pandemie-italie-ce-stock-de-29-millions-de-doses-de-vaccin-astrazeneca-qui-interpelle-bruxelles-2181622.html

    If everybody can translate and read this…
    Thai governement have to get all and more informations before vaccin the population.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    “The company has pledged to provide the vaccine to developing countries at cost (non profit making)”

    Only for the “duration” of the pandemic, as they see it, Bobby M.

    ALL current manufacturers have done the same.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Yes well I John the Thais will not be producing it will they? You wrote that they would.
    Why, I will give one two guesses.
    They will either produce it as saline water, and sell the real serum to private hospitals, for big profits, or they will cock the whole production up because they cannot manufacture a vaccine even if they be have a 100 ferangs in the factory showing them how.
    Why Is Britain giving the vaccines after the way they have treated our nations over the last 12 months?
    Thailand is a pariah state!

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Hold you breath Thailand yet again as you will not be receiving anything soon, you ordered your vaccines far too late.

    India has banned the export of the drug as they need it for their own use now so no supplies from them into Thailand.

    I see Issan John is knocking his own country again as usual (the UK), whatever the company is doing it is at least doing something right, not like the useless country you now try and call you own even though you are just a farang visitor.

    I seem to come across a lot of farangs in Thailand who hate where they come from.

    But Thailand is still a good country for holidays as long as I avoid the long term miserable farangs crying into their beer.

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:40 am

    toby

    But it is still a great place for long holidays.

    As Dire Straits sang, “money for nothing and the chicks for free’, except of course they are not free in Thailand but are pretty cheap.🤣

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    Big Al

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:41 am

    Well Said. Thats Made my day

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    “Why Is Britain giving the vaccines after the way they have treated our nations over the last 12 months?”

    Britain’s not, Toby A.

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    LondonAl

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Issan John logic, “if just a tenth of 2019 figures arrive, 2,500 every day will be no less contagious than if they hadn’t been vaccinated at all”

    As ever manipulating numbers to suit his negative narrative, even if he’s right what percentage of 2,500 will be carrying Covid and won’t that be picked up by testing, or is John then going to harp on about false tests?

    Work this out John, I have had 2 shots of AZ vaccine, I come from an area where there are 48 cases per 100,000, I have tested negative before I leave and tested negative when I arrive, what are the odds of me carrying Covid? I’ll tell you, it runs into millions to one.

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Tim Newton goes through some of the moving goal posts regarding Thailand’s Covid situation RIGHT NOW. Vaccines for expats, what will happen after Songkran, provincial restrictions, new quarantine requirements. Reading the tea leaves and reading between the lines, Tim provides his personal opinions on many issues expats and foreigners in Thailand are worried about at this time.

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PHOTO: Songkran Day at Chiang Mai Wall won't be the same this year.

After a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Chiang Mai health officials decided to cancel Songkran celebrations and implement containment measures. As the virus spreads through Thailand, 281 new infections were just diagnosed on Sunday, reported in Monday’s daily Covid-19 statistics. These infections bring the total for the month of April to 662 people. With this outbreak spreading wider and faster than the first 2 waves of Covid-19, authorities are taking actions to try and limit the spread of new cases in the area, including the difficult decision to cancel some of this week’s scheduled Songkran festival celebrations.

Since the third wave of infections began last week, infection rates are growing and yesterday was the highest number of reported new cases yet. To combat the Covid-19 outbreak, Chiang Mai officials have closed all entertainment venues until April 23, cancelled many of the events planned for Songkran, and toned down the remaining activities. Even the traditional Songkran alms-offering ceremony at Tha Phae Gate had to be called off.

The cancellations due to Covid-19 outbreaks have hurt Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination for Thais and international travellers alike, where Songkran is usually a booming holiday period. Many tourists have already cancelled their trip, and for those who do still come from Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, a 14-day self-quarantine has been ordered, as well as registration through the CM Chana mobile app.

For those already in Chiang Mai who have spent time in entertainment venues, health authorities issued a warning and asked people who attended several venues to get tested for Covid-19. The 10 venues currently identified as high risk are as follows:

DC Chiang Mai
Ground Consol’s Garden
Infinity Club
Living Machine
Phor Jai Bar
Tawan Daeng
Tha Chang Cafe
Too Nice Nimman
Valentine’s Karaoke
Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai

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FILE PHOTO: Mask up! Covid-19 infections could be surging this month.

Without swift and decisive action, Covid-19 infections could surge to 28,000 people per day within the next month . This according to expert warnings and computer predictive modelling. The Department of Disease Control warns that the current spike is more infectious and deadly than the previous 2 waves and extreme action is needed. 967 new infections were reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday, the highest single-day number Thailand has ever seen.

The DDC’s epidemiology division, working with the International Health Policy Program, calculated models to predict the arc of future infection rates if Covid-19 safety measures were not enforced. The model’s worst-case scenario predicted a maximum of 28,678 daily cases.

This is the worst-case scenario, however, as the minimum number of infections could be around 1,300 people. But a reasonable average without safety measures could be about 9000 daily infections, not a great situation for Thailand, a country that had until now done a great job avoiding a heavy wave of Covid-19 infections.

But for the UK variant (B117) newly arriving in Thailand, much like many new tourists arriving before it, Thailand’s hedonistic nightlife scene may be where it all goes wrong. Of Bangkok’s 1,114 infections, 823 of them were traced to entertainment venues. Across Thailand, a total of 140 bars and clubs in 15 provinces have been identified as virus-transmission locations.

Krystal Club in Thong Lor, now infamous amidst a swirl of news of politicians and powerful elite spreading infection there, tops the list of the 85 Bangkok infected clubs, with 211 infections this month. Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pathum Thani, and Chiang Mai all had less than 10 Covid-19 infections linked to nightlife venues. In total, Covid-19 cases linked to nightlife outbreaks have spread to 70 provinces all over Thailand.

As a result, we’re facing a party-free Songkran with 41 provinces closing all entertainment venues for 2 weeks and the 36 other provinces are following stringent screening and mask-wearing, poised to lock down the same if the pandemic comes knocking.

Bangkok intends to ready 10,000 field-hospital beds in preparation for any possible surge of the more infectious B117 strain spreading through Thailand now. The DDC does reassure though that the situation is still manageable if everyone works together and takes swift and strong actions.

The third wave of Covid-19 infections might be contained, but it will take a lot of personal discipline from everyone, and a sacrifice of Songkran’s joyous celebrations, unfortunately.

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