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Johnson & Johnson applies for vaccine registration in Thailand

Maya Taylor



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The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that multinational Johnson & Johnson has begun the process of registering its single-dose vaccine in Thailand. However, Surachoke Tangwiwat from the FDA adds that some required paperwork is still missing and will need to be filed within 30 days. Meanwhile, the FDA has begun checking the documentation that has been submitted.

Surachoke adds that, while the Chinese Sinovac jab has still not been registered for use in China, it may be given approval in the Kingdom, subject to the FDA concluding it is effective and safe.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in conjunction with the UK’s Oxford University, was approved last week. However, Thailand’s plans to import its first doses this month has been affected by an EU ruling limiting exports of the jab, following a supply row between the bloc and the manufacturer.

The EU is fighting to guarantee access to the vaccine for all its member states, as well as campaigning for more transparency in exports being sent outside the bloc. It has now introduced a rule that such exports need to be approved by member countries.

In a Bangkok Post report, Sophon Mekthon from the sub-committee on Covid-19 vaccine management has not confirmed when the AstraZeneca vaccine might arrive in Thailand. However, he says the plan to produce it locally is going ahead. Siam Bioscience, a firm owned by the Crown Property Bureau, is expected to begin production in May, following the signing of a technology transfer agreement with AstraZeneca late last year.

Sophon says he has received assurances from the director of the National Vaccine Institute, Nakorn Premsri, that AstraZeneca will not be the only supplier of Covid-19 vaccines in the Kingdom. He says US firm Novavax could also be a provider, if its vaccine gains FDA approval.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Oh good – the more the merrier.

  2. Avatar

    Fred glue

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    I agree, get 7/11 shops too make too, get your cool drinks and chips. On the way out the door get the girl too
    put that Covid -19 vaccine needle in the right shoulder. I just want too get away from misery too happiness.
    A-ha, A-ha. Who did sing that song,? ? ?.

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    Elvis Joakit

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Very good news. Europe’s deal with AstraZeneca has been a disaster thus far. Making Germany even consider Russian and Chinese suppliers to address a desperate situation following the British/Swedish company’s inability to fulfil its delivery contract. Keep all options open, Thailand.

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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Johnson & Johnson, 65% effective against mild cases (72% in the US, 57% in South-Africa with the SA variant), 85% effective against heavier cases, 100% effective against hospitalisation and death.
    Tested on 3 continents, only one shot required and doesn’t need deep freezing. They started production in Belgium I think September last year, and say they will have 1 billion shots by the end of this year?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Sounds good to me!

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    CJ Hinke

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Russia’s Sputnik is a winner: 91% effective in Phase III clinical trials with 22,000 subjects. One dose, store in ordinary fridge. I’d take this one. Order this, Thailand!

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