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Health Minister says PM will get AstraZeneca vaccine, too old for Sinovac

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially first in line for China’s Sinovac vaccine, which just arrived in Thailand today, but Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul now says the the prime minister will be getting the AstraZeneca vaccine. Apparently, 66 year old Prayut is too old to get the Chinese-made vaccine.

“It’s important that General Prayut take the first Covid-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk-assessment process by the Disease Control Department, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure. But it’s not discrimination.”

Prayut had been expected to take the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, but it has only been tested on people in the 18 – 59 age group. The vaccine’s efficacy and safety have not been tested in those over 60. Anutin says Prayut is too old and will instead be inoculated with the AstraZeneca jab.

“Prayut will receive the vaccine with no age restrictions – AstraZeneca. The director of the National Vaccine Institute has procured them. The date has not been set yet for the shot, but the prime minister will be able to perform his duty normally after taking it.”

According to a Bangkok Post report, Anutin confirmed yesterday that 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the Kingdom today, alongside an unknown number of Sinovac doses. It had been thought that only the Chinese vaccine was on its way.

Anutin says the dosage intervals for the Sinovac vaccine are 14 – 28 days and 6 weeks for AstraZeneca. It’s understood inoculation will be carried out at medical facilities, with recipients having to wait 30 minutes to ensure there are no adverse side-effects.

Siam Bioscience has signed a technology transfer agreement with AstraZeneca to produce the vaccine locally. 26 million doses are expected to be available between June and August, with a further 35 million made available between September and December.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:55 am

    The only part that surprises me is the fact Thailand has AZ doses.

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      Slugger

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10:31 am

      Shows how little you know then, doesnt it?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      The source is unclear – AZ’s now producing Covid vaccine in Bangladesh, S Korea, India, Belgium, and the UK, possibly elsewhere, and due to produce in other countries (even Thailand) so who knows?

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:29 pm

        Yes who knows.
        I was informed by a supposed wise man, who professed to know, that Thailand would produce this AZ vaccine.
        Yet I was cruelly betrayed.
        I now suspect this supposed oracle of Isaan, was on four big Chang bottles a day before lunch. This would obviously disable his skills of being a guru of Google.
        It seems AZ prefers manufacture in Bangladesh rather than Bangkok.

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        EdwardV

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:07 pm

        My point about being surprised comes from the BP source article. Seems most in Thailand were surprised too: “ The shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday came as a surprise since no imported doses of the vaccine had been on the plan.”. I get Sluggo didn’t notice, that CCP boot licker can hardly read, but no one else noticed that just yesterday the PM was reported to get the Chinese vaccine? Then suddenly out of the blue AZ shows up and we find out the Chinese vaccine can’t be given to old people?

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    Stardust

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Let the ordinary poor Thai the guinea pigs. All around the world are warnings about the Chinese Sinovac vaccine because of insuffient datas. Even in south east asia like in Singapore and Phillipines. In the developped world it will be not rolled out without suffient datas or a disclosure.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      It’s already being rolled out in the developed world: Singapore, Hong Kong, Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines amongst several others.

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        Stardust

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:27 pm

        @issan cccp John as alwayse you spreading fake news,nonsensense and propaganda. First check the dac and onec list for development countries. By the way even China is listed as a development country. Second point Pfizer and Moderna got the approval in Singapore for February roll out and Sinovac applied for emergency use. Reality and ccp propaganda are 2 different things like truth and your permanent propaganda spreading. You are just a troll and should be marked as that.

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        Stephen Westrip

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm

        It already being rolled out does not make it any more of less safe. China have withheld data from the testing (if any) that was done. There is also growing unease that is being reported that China are only giving vaccines to countries that will, how shall we say, be open to China ‘investing’ in their country.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Ph 2 Sinovac trials on the 66+ age group are now complete, with results reported in the Lancet, with age specific 66+ Ph 3 trials under way – the only previous Ph 3 trials including the 66+ age group were in Brazil.

    The Lancet report confirms that results in Ph 2 trials (66+ age group) indicate 95% efficacy, with no fatalities, hospitalizations or serious cases.

    Considering all factors (overall efficacy, efficacy for vulnerable categories against fatalities, hospitalization and serious cases, efficacy against new strains, storage and distribution logistics, and cost), top place amongst the vaccines approved so far goes to Sputnik V by a considerable margin with J&J closing the gap as more data becomes available.

    Hopefully Thailand will cast its net more widely for other vaccines, particularly commercially as has reportedly been hinted recently, rather than relying on more limited sources and supplies.

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      Stardust

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      As usual pure propaganda! Your sources are globel times and politburo Bejing. Fora a proper approval first you need suffiant datas and this not happened til today!Everybody still waiting for the disclosure of the datas.

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      Grumpy John

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      Did you read the full article in Lancet. “In the phase II trials, from the 14-day cohort, 40 out of the 120 volunteers in the 3 μg group and 42 of the 120 in the 6 μg group and from the 28-day cohort, 23 of 120 in the 3 μg group and an equal number in the 6 μg group showed adverse reactions. ” Note the word ‘adverse’….they didn’t mention ‘mild’ reaction which would not be unreasonable in a test group. Adverse could mean some patients in the test group may have needed ICU treatment.

      “The trials were done at the Suining County of Jiangsu province in China ” So I am surprised adverse reactions even got mentioned…but the vaccine is supposedly safe…assuming no-one actually died and the death was covered up by the CCP.

      https://www.firstpost.com/health/coronavirus-vaccine-lancet-study-suggests-sinovac-candidate-is-safe-and-effective-in-phase-i-and-ii-trials-9027541.html

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