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

Maya Taylor

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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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16 Comments

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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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