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China admits skipping clinical trials in roll-out of Covid vaccine for high-risk groups

Maya Taylor

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As Russian President Vladimir Putin trumpets the launch of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine, China says it’s been administering its own vaccine since late July, foregoing clinical trials. Officials in Beijing say healthcare workers and those employed in state-owned enterprises have been first to receive the vaccine, under what it calls “urgent use” protocols, according to a Nation Thailand report.

The news comes as health officials around the world consider how much they should fast-track normal processes in order to get a Covid-19 vaccine to market as a matter of urgency. While some governments insist they will not cut corners in the development process, they are faced with the devastating cost to human life, along with shattered economies, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

China first began testing its vaccine on the country’s military, and that has now been expanded to key workers, with the head of the country’s coronavirus vaccine development programme, Zheng Zhongwei, confirming the move on state TV. It’s understood that, come autumn, officials may expand vaccination to employees at food markets, as well as those working in transport and the service industries.

“In order to prevent the disease spread in the fall and winter, we are considering a moderate expansion in the programme. The purpose would be to first build an immunity barrier among special groups in the population.”

Meanwhile, the head of China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, along with several other officials, claim they’ve had the vaccine. And in announcing the Russian vaccine, President Vladmir Putin has downplayed concerns over its safety, saying his own daughter has had it.

The announcements from Moscow and Beijing are making US President Donald Trump impatient, anxious as he may be to announce the arrival of a US-made vaccine in time for the presidential election in November. He has taken to Twitter to accuse the Food and Drug Administration and the “deep state” of delaying the process, without going into any further detail. He is also making much of the FDA’s use of donated plasma from recovered Covid patients as a treatment.

What is not clear when it comes to the Chinese vaccine is why they did not announce its use until a month after the roll-out. There is speculation that officials may have wanted the option of ending it quietly in the event of severe side-effects. The country says few of those who’ve been vaccinated have reported adverse side-effects and none have reported fever. What is not known is now many people have now been vaccinated.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Imagine being forced to take an experimental drug…
    Reminds you of Mengele in WW2

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    Tony

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    It is worse then in WW2 – CCP is doomed to fail

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    what could go wrong with a communist govt force vaxing humans… for a flu… the mind reels

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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

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Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 variant first detected in India reported in Thailand state quarantine

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The mutated strain of Covid-19 that was first reported in India has been detected in Thailand. Health officials say a Thai woman and her young son tested positive for the variant while in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

The mother and her sons, ages 4, 6, and 8, had arrived in Thailand from Pakistan on April 24, according to a spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Just the mother and her 4 year old son tested positive for the B.1.617.1 strain, a variant first reported in India, while they were in a state-arranged quarantine facility.

“These were the first detections of the Indian variant in the country…There is concern about this variant and about the possibility that it could mutate in Thailand.”

The Thai government had banned flights from India, with the expectation of repatriation flights for returning Thais, due to the new variant of the virus. With the new variant found in people travelling from Pakistan, authorities are now mulling over whether to extend the ban on international arrivals from other countries.

The variant was first detected in India in October and has been reported in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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