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Health Ministry to test efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines over next 2 months

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Thailand’s Public Health Ministry says it will test the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines in those who have received them, to determine if vaccinated people build immunity to the virus. The Department of Medical Services says it will team up with the medical faculties of top universities and expects to have results within 2 months.

Somsak Akksilp from the DMS says those results will determine what Thailand’s vaccination policy looks like over the next year. According to a Bangkok Post report, the DMS chief says vaccines can’t guarantee lifelong protection against infection and more information is needed on their efficacy among the Thai population.

“This will be an important factor concerning our policy for the next year as we look for a vaccine which is appropriate for Thais. The study of vaccine efficiency will be done by the ministry team and its partners and will concern people who received the vaccine from both the Sinovac and AstraZeneca companies. We have information on its efficiency from abroad, but we don’t have such information in our hands regarding Thais. We do need to verify the vaccine’s efficiency so we can have an appropriate vaccine for the next year.”

Among the universities participating in the project, the faculty of medicine at Chulalongkorn will study immunity levels in members of the public who have been vaccinated. A similar study will take place on medical staff at the faculty of medicine at Mahidol University at Siriraj Hospital. A further study will take place with the participation of kidney disease patients at Mahidol’s faculty of medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital. The DMS also plans to research efficacy among vaccinated cancer patients.

At least 53,842 people have now received their first dose of either the Chinese Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines. The highest number of vaccinations has been carried out in the central provinces of Bangkok and Samut Sakhon, due to the resurgence of the virus in those areas late last year.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    This looks like it could be yet another excuse to delay the roll out of vaccines – given that these tests are ongoing everywhere the vaccines are being rolled out world wide, there is NO excuse for not doing these in parallel with the roll out, not before it.

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    Nipral

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    LOL !!! The Thai PH Ministry will test the vaccines that have been tested by the FDA and
    most highly regarded health authorities worldwide ! Sounds like yet another joke from this
    military sort-of-government !!! Very entertaining anyway….😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Somehow I suspect the government prefer matters to remain as they are, with the citizens in fear of Covid, and the government having the power and control of lockdowns.
    Why else have there only been 58842 vaccinated?
    321.000 vaccinations in Malaysia.
    170.659 vaccinations in Cambodia.
    103.142 vaccinations in Burma.
    215.997 vaccinations in the Philippines.
    However there has only been 20.695 vaccinations in Vietnam, but they have only had 2567 total cases and 35 dead.
    These Thai clowns are now shown to be third world idiots in uniform. One generation up from peasant farmers. How long have they had the vaccines?
    Send in the world charities to run the vaccinations for them. Thais clearly cannot.
    I am surprised they are able to put their trousers on the right way around in the morning.
    I suppose that is why some of them wear skirts. They wear flip flops because they cannot tie shoelaces!
    .
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    IMHO
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    lol

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    If you think that’s the reason, Toby, and that it’s because the government want to “control lockdowns” even though there have barely been any, you’re even dumber than I thought you were.

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    David Mann

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Somsak Akksilp from the DMS “ This will be an important factor concerning our policy for the next year as we look for a vaccine which is appropriate for Thais”. WTF!! How can a vaccine be more or less appropriate for a Thai than any other nationality in terms of efficacy? This continual drip feed of Thais being different is outrageous. I can understand how the Pfizer vaccine may not be as appropriate as the AZ due to storage and transportation issues. But more or less suitable based on efficacy!! You literally couldn’t make this crap up. A vaccine that is 30% effective is better than none at all. The really sad part and a reflection on just how brainwashed the population is, is that many Thais reading that statement will think that there’s nothing wrong with it. It allows the authorities to get away with poor delivery of vaccines by playing the race and nationalistic card. I feel so so sorry for Thai people.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Barely any John?
    Thailand has had the most restrictive lockdowns in the Far-East.
    I am not going to even bother listing them.
    Here in Cambodia we only have bars closing, and only some of them.
    Thais in uniform love throwing their weight about.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Oh I see 8.51 PM.
    Isan John will be on his third big bottle of Chang and the result is he will be posting garbage.
    Tragic.

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    LondonAl

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Re John’s point I agree it does look like another excuse to delay the roll out of the vaccines but why why would they want to do that, I’d have thought they’re desperate to get it done but seems not, I’m confused.

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    Nipral

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:29 am

    you mean dumber than you ? Impossible !

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    PeterG

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:00 am

    You can only vaccinate if you have the actual vaccines (unless you are in the EU and have to rely on the idiots who have a vendetta against the UK over Brexit).
    The Thai government are doing ok except for not allowing direct purchases by non-government organizations.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:13 am

    “Thailand has had the most restrictive lockdowns in the Far-East.”

    More than Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong? The Philippines?

    Oh well …

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    PeterG

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Issan:

    Where did the article say “delay”?
    It just said they would testing efficacy over the next couple of months which is a valid objective.
    If AZ protects caucasians better and Synovac protects chinese better and Pfizer protects Africans better then that is worth knowing.
    Whatever else one thinks that, to me, seems pretty reasonable.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Re John’s point I agree it does look like another excuse to delay the roll out of the vaccines but why why would they want to do that, I’d have thought they’re desperate to get it done but seems not, I’m confused”

    Contrary to the constant racist nonsense here, it’s not because Thais are “idiots” who “wear flip flops because they cannot tie shoelaces!” which is tedious but little else.

    Nobody here gains from “restrictive lockdowns” or “throwing their weight about” – not that Thailand has had particularly “restrictive lockdowns” compared to some other countries in the Far East and the rest of the world, except very briefly. It simply hasn’t happened despite the nonsensical claims.

    Who gains from a delay in the vaccine roll out, though? I wouldn’t have thought it was that hard to fathom out.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    “Issan:

    Where did the article say “delay”?”

    Throughout, PeterG:

    ” “This will be an important factor concerning our policy for the next year as we look for a vaccine which is appropriate for Thais.” ”

    ” “We do need to verify the vaccine’s efficiency so we can have an appropriate vaccine for the next year.” ”

    If the policy isn’t decided until AFTER the results are in, not in parallel with preparatory purchases which other countries have done to avoid delays, by any known definition that’s a “delay”.

    “If AZ protects caucasians better and Synovac protects chinese better and Pfizer protects Africans better then that is worth knowing.”

    Agreed, PeterG, it’s “worth knowing” and “seems reasonable” but it’s ALREADY known as it’s been established by the world wide tests for ALL the vaccines – there is NO such variance between ethnicities, and the ONLY variance was in how efficacy was measured, nothing else. All the tests show that very clearly ALREADY.

    It’s not necessary to do it again – particularly when Thailand has ALREADY recently said that it’s vaccination programme is ALREADY based primarily on Sinovac in the initial stages followed in “a few months” by AZ when the local factory is planned to produce “10 million doses a month”.

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    In case that’s not clear, PeterG, today the Health Minister, Anutin, was reported as saying:

    “I can confirm there will be enough vaccines for all. Vaccines won’t be in short supply any longer. Vaccines from Sinovac have already arrived and in the next few months AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Thailand will be available at 10 million doses a month. The DDC will try to achieve the broadest possible distribution of vaccine.”

    I may be mis-reading it, but to me that doesn’t say that Thailand is waiting to see the efficacy of only two selected vaccines on Thais, but that it’s waiting until “in the next few months AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Thailand will be available at 10 million doses a month.”

    After all, that IS what he reportedly said.

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    GD

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Its just a stall until the you know who’s pharmaceutical company gets up to production.

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Thai government urges people to work from home where possible

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The government is calling on all employers whose staff can work from home to implement such measures immediately, as new Covid-19 infections hit another record high. Yesterday, the Kingdom reported 1,767 new infections and 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 101. There are 28 patients on ventilators. According to a Bangkok Post report, Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says recent data shows growing clusters of infection at work places.

One such cluster has been reported at a school in the central province of Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. 32 people have tested positive after 2 foreign teachers returned from a trip to Phuket between April 2 and 4, where they frequented a number of nightlife venues. After they returned to Bangkok, they resumed work at the school. supervising exams between April 5 and 8. On April 8, they attended a party in the evening and tested positive for the virus the next day. 23 students have also tested positive, along with 4 of their relatives.

Other clusters include 23 infections at a private firm in Chon Buri and 8 at an electricity authority office in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani. Taweesilp says the rise in infections in work environments indicates the need for people to work from home where possible.

“This is the reason the CCSA is asking for your cooperation to step up work-from-home measures. Companies which have reported cluster infections, if you can allow your employees to work from home, please do so.”

He adds that the Health Ministry is addressing the long waitlist for hospital beds in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The head of the Department of Medical Services, Somsak Akksilp, is acting as coordinator between hospitals and those running field hospitals, such as the Thai army. Covid-19 patients still waiting to be admitted to hospital are urged to comply with disease prevention measures and self-isolate with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control echoes the call for home working measures to be implemented wherever possible following the long Songkran holiday. Tens of thousands of people travelled across the country over the course of the holiday, but Opas says if home working can be implemented and the public cooperates with disease prevention measures, new infections should drop over the next 2 weeks.

“We’re concerned about community transmission in schools and workplaces. The work-from-home policy is important as we expect people to return to work on Monday. Please avoid gatherings, sharing of items and eating together.”

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Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

The website, bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th, allows travellers returning to Bangkok to input their travel timelines and their personal information after scanning a QR code. The system will help with contact tracing, aggregating all the travel information to make following any threads of Covid-19 spread much more efficient. Health officials will be able to access and contact anyone thought to have come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person.

Songkran is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year with millions of people going on holiday or visiting relatives. The government launches road safety campaigns to combat the swell in traffic and accidents. And even with Covid-19 cancelling most Songkran celebrations, Bangkok still saw nearly 8 million vehicles coming and going this festival period. A swell in Coronavirus infections spread throughout the country is likely as people travelled all over Thailand and back to celebrate the Thai New Year’s holiday.

Governor Aswin explained the platform is hoped to help contain possible outbreaks by providing crucial information to health officials to trace Covid-19 spread. The system will analyze infection risk for each person who registers and give them instructions on how to proceed. People deemed to be at risk will receive a free Covid-19 swab test from Bangkok health officials, while low-risk cases will be instructed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

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1,767 new Covid infections were reported this morning, the highest ever daily report of new cases in Thailand. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators.

608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Bangkok continues to lead the way in the new infections although the clusters are popping up right around the country now. Bangkok reported 347 new infections, Chon Buri with 229, Chiang Mai with 164, Nonthaburi, just north and west of Bangkok, 100, Prachuap Khiri Khan 66 and Samut Prakan 64. Locally, Phuket officials announced an additional 26 cases today, taking the tally in this latest cluster to 156 infections*.

Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals. | News by ThaigerOnly 2 cases today were imported, everyone else who tested positive were living in Thailand.

The total number of infections in Thailand has now reached 42,352 people. There has been 2 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, taking that total to 101 dead from Covid-related disease. 13,569 people remain in state-monitored care.

Some provinces are adding their own restrictions, including demanding negative Covid tests if you’ve arrived from a red zone – Krabi and Trat have announced this already. The only exceptions are if you’ve had full doses of Covid vaccine or have just come from quarantine. Chiang Rai has announced a ‘request’ that citizens stay at home for the next 14 days.

In Phuket, the closure of entertainment venues has been further extended to the start of May.

Expect more provinces to make similar announcements in the next few days.

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*Readers should also realise that the local provincial health officials report daily as well. Those totals don’t usually find their way into the national daily tally until the next day.

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