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Covid-19 immunisations to start as soon as vaccines arrive… whenever that is

Caitlin Ashworth




Covid-19 immunisation in Thailand will start within a week after the the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive… whenever that is. Health officials initially pushed for Valentine’s Day to roll out immunisations, but no official date has been set and it’s unclear if the vaccine will even arrive this month. Khaosod English says “health officials can’t even agree on Covid vaccine launch date.”

Thailand health officials expect the first 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine sometime within the next month… or next. The European Union recently announced plans to tighten rules on exports of coronavirus vaccines and potentially blocking shipments to non-EU countries. AstraZeneca’s vaccine would be shipped to Thailand from Italy.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Khaosod English that vaccinations in Thailand won’t happen until March. On the other hand, Tawee Chotpitayasunondh from the National Communicable Disease Committee told reporters that the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive this month and the first dose administered within a week after arrival.

In an earlier report, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that 19 million people will be vaccinated in the first phase of inoculations, planned to start this month. He said 11 million will be people over the age of 60, 6.1 million people with underlying conditions and 1.7 million people who work in the medical field. Another 15,000 government workers involved in managing the virus will also be vaccinated in the first phase.

At a news briefing yesterday, Tawee outlined the possible side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine. He says the most common side effects include inflammation and pain around the area the vaccine was injected.

While serious side effects are rare, those with critical cases happen around 15 minutes after vaccination, Tawee says, adding that patients must stay on site for at least 30 minutes after the vaccination as a precaution.

Thailand has also secured 2 million doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine and health officials expect the first 200,000 doses to arrive this month. Tawee says Thai authorities are asking producers for more information before approving the vaccine for emergency use.

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Associated Press | Khaosod English

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    50.000 vaccines somewhere in a timeframe of 2 months if lucky, and another order of 200.000 vaccines which Isnt deemed completely safe and approved yet… but a lot of cries for help and rush to get tourist back in bigger numbers asap, but of course with a 2 week mandatory quarantine not to forget. Also a wide spectrum of very strict to lesser measures trough out the whole country at this very moment and infection numbers higher then they ever been, and still people here like issaan boy john defending and rooting for the incompetent moron army ruling elite is mindboggling

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      The only thing mind boggling here is your imagination.

      Try finding any comment I’ve made where I’ve been “defending and rooting for the incompetent moron army ruling elite”.

      Any at all.

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        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:18 pm

        The incels are still salty about your stoic comments

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          Issan John

          Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:47 am


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            Colin G

            Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:31 am

            I’ve cracked it, that’s a WWII-type cypher, like “the dragon flies low over the moonlight lake”….

            Sadly, you seem to be mislaid the code-book ?

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    The title says it all so sad

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    It could get worse. There is talk about nationalizing vaccine makers in Europe, which would basically cut off all supplies to third party countries outside of the EU for 6-12 months. The EU has bungled the acquisition phase so badly, the world is teetering on a vaccine war. It’s not likely to get that bad, but even just a further implementation of export controls almost works out to the same result.

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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:51 am

      You’re wrong. The EU will not cut off any supplies to third party countries outside the EU. It will however, ask the vaccine producers production numbers and transparency regarding where they are distributed. The EU is concerned that apparently the UK has no shortages of the AZ vaccine and the EU will only get 40% of the promised batches. FYI the EU paid almost the same for the vaccine as the UK. Both parties funded the research and production. The UK rushed the approval process, which is probably a good decision. But this does not mean that they rake in all the available vaccines. Any foreseen shortages should have been equally distributed. This feud does not affect other parties, especially third world countries.

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        Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:12 am

        Besides the fact I never claimed the EU would cut off supplies, just the possibility exists. Are you honestly saying the EU didn’t seriously consider it? Seems the WHO thought so enough they warned the EU against it. That aside, the UK rushing the order certainly does mean they get to rake their own source first, so says the EU. The EU said yesterday they would not interfere with any existing contracts. That was directed toward the UK because the UK contract with AZ requires they get first dibs from UK factories. The EU rolled over on that point. The problem is the UK moved first and got to write their contract which favored them above all. The EU screwed the pooch and took too long. The result of that is their contract doesn’t have the same stipulations. You snooze, you lose.

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          Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:42 am

          If you mean to say that the UK outwitted the EU by formulating the contract differently, than this is deplorable and surely will backfire on Brexit procedures. The EU always assumed the vaccine would be fairly distributed between all funding parties. The diplomatic clause used in the EU contract “to the best of their ability” proves this. The UK, by the person of Johnson, took advantage. They must have communicated the same intentions but used different formulations in their contract. These are pirate tactics.

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            Colin G

            Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:40 am

            “Took advantage” ? Only in the sense that UK has had the good sense to leave the EU and now, not surprisingly, acts independently. Astra Zeneca, for its part, has honourably kept to the terms of the contract that it has with the UK government.


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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      Not correct. Trump was the first to say all vaccines made in the US must stay there, and it did. Belgium for example exported Pfizer to the US, UK and Israel.
      But the EU has cotracts with firms and there is an agreement on the amount and date of delivery. Specific with the Oxford vaccin it is written that if the plants in the EU can’t deliver, those in the UK will intervene.
      Now plants in the EU can’t deliver, and AstraZeneca and Boris say “no way we will deliver from the UK”. Then it is normal that the EU want to check if it is true that the plants in the EU are delivering to the UK in stead of to the EU.
      The EU don’t want to nationalise, they just want a correct control on what is exported.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:49 am

    China, Russia, India … there’s no shortage of offers.

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:05 am

    Granted John, except getting an offer and actually getting the vaccine in country are two very different things right now. I think we can both agree on that. Vaccine supply aside, have you seen the new “Phuket First October” scheme? According to, which is referencing a Bloomberg story, seems Phuket wants to allow vaccinated international tourists to resume visits to the island without a quarantine. The plan is for the island business community to purchase enough vaccine to cover at least 70% of the population by September first. Allowing them to reopen come October first. It’s still pretty vague on details, and of course it needs government approval. Iffy at best if you ask me, but goes to show the industry doesn’t think can survive missing out on second high season. Otherwise they probably wouldn’t be willing to pony up the cost of some 800K – 1M doses. JMO

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:03 am

    On a positive note:
    Results that show the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine might reduce the spread of coronavirus have been hailed as “absolutely superb” by the health secretary (UK).
    Mr Hancock called the study “really encouraging” on Twitter, adding that the results were “absolutely superb”.
    The results of the study, which has not yet been formally published, suggest that the vaccine may have a “substantial” effect on transmission of the virus.
    Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said this latest analysis showing the vaccine reduces transmission would “help us all get out of this pandemic”.
    Of course our correspondent in Issan will wait for the publications of the studies before he will stop advocating the opposite.

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    Grumpy John

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:45 am

    AstraZeneca vaccine for the ‘Bangkok elite’ (How I hate that term!) and the top monkeys in government and the Sinovac poison for the masses….unless they have the readies to pay top dollar for the AstraZeneca vaccine or the like kind.

    Hydroxychloroquine cocktail for me if I need it. I am not putting some poison cocktail poorly tested in my body. You just know it’s dodgy when the government rules that there is no liability for the manufacturer when things go wrong.

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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      Sure Grumpy John, go for a Hydroxychloroquine cocktail if you need it. Maybe you get a Darwin Award.

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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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