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Johnson & Johnson applies for vaccine registration in Thailand

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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 agreementwith 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.

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    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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    Alavan

    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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Thai PM says Covid-19 jab is safe, urges people to get vaccinated

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has assured people the Covid-19 vaccine is safe as he called on citizens to get vaccinated. Nation Thailand reports that the PM was speaking at a vaccination drive taking place at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, in the central province of Nonthaburi.

It’s understood Prayut himself will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, having been deemed too old for China’s Sinovac jab. However, it is unclear when he might be vaccinated, with the delay put down to issues with the AstraZeneca paperwork.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was the first person in Thailand to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, when he got the Sinovac jab yesterday. It’s understood he has not experienced any adverse reaction. A number of other politicians and prominent medics also got the vaccine, including Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control and the Public Health Deputy Minister Sathit Pitutecha.

The PM says the vaccines are safe and is calling on everyone to get inoculated when the time comes.

“The government and medical personnel have overcome this crisis many times so far. This shows that Thailand can contain the spread of Covid-19 effectively.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Survey shows growing acceptance of Covid-19 vaccines in some countries

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A survey of 6 countries shows that the number of people willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is on the rise. The poll, conducted by the international consultancy KekstCNC, indicates that the number of people willing to be vaccinated has risen since last year. The countries that took part were the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Sweden, with all reporting a similar trend.

The highest percentage in favour of vaccination was in the UK, where mass vaccination is well underway. 89% of those surveyed say they’re in favour of being vaccinated, an increase on December’s figure of 70%.

Sweden’s percentage of those in favour of vaccination rose to 76%, from 53% in December. In the US, it was 64%, up from December’s 58%, in Germany, 73% favour vaccination, up from 63%, and in Japan, the percentage is 64%, up from 50% in December.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the numbers were lowest in vaccine-sceptical France, with 59% in favour of the vaccine. However, this is a significant rise from December’s 40%.

In some countries, people were critical of the vaccine rollout, but 76% of people in the UK feel the government has done well. In the US, only 32% are happy with the vaccine rollout, in Germany and Japan it’s 28%, 22% in France and just 20% in Sweden. Both the UK and Israel are seen as having the most success with the rollout of their vaccine programmes.

Covid-19 has now killed 2,543,285 people and infected 114,686,933 around the world since the start of the pandemic in December 2019. The US has recorded the highest number of deaths, at 525,776.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Public Health Minister gets first Covid-19 vaccine shot in Thailand

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Thailand’s Covid-19 vaccine campaign started with Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who was jabbed with China’s Sinovac vaccine. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially planned to be the first to kick off Thailand’s immunisation plan with the AstraZeneca vaccine, but due to problems with paperwork, the prime minister’s injection was postponed. Doctors advised Prayut to get the AstraZeneca vaccine due to his age. Prayut is 66 and doctors say the Sinovac vaccine has been declared safe for people ages 18 to 59.

Both shipments of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines arrived last week, the AstraZeneca vaccine still needs to be endorsed by the Medical Science Department. Anutin says the pharmaceutical company has not submitted documents and samples needed for the endorsement.

Along with Anutin, a number of other government officials and health professionals were vaccinated against the coronavirus. Anutin’s shot was administered by Thailand’s top virologist Yong Poovorawan.

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