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Medical expert calls on Thais to trust vaccines and help control Covid-19

Maya Taylor



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The dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital is calling on Thai people to have faith in Covid-19 vaccines and cooperate with efforts to halt the spread of the virus. Dr. Prasit Watanapa was speaking during a Facebook Live broadcast, saying Thailand needs to build up herd immunity if the virus is to be suppressed. With over 100 million people now vaccinated worldwide, Prasit used his broadcast to update Thais on results so far.

He says early findings give cause for optimism, with a decrease in the number of new cases and less harmful side-effects from vaccines. A number of countries have now embarked on huge vaccination programmes, with Israel leading the way. The US has so far vaccinated nearly 7% of its population, the UK has vaccinated nearly 13%, while Israel has vaccinated a massive 34% of its population to date.

Prasit says the rate of new infections in the UK has dropped from over 62,300 cases on January 6 to 18,000 currently. The country began its vaccine rollout on December 8. The US started its inoculation programme on December 14 and the average daily rate of infection has now dropped from over 265,000 on January 6 to 107,816 at the end of January.

“It is not yet clear that the decrease is linked to the vaccines’ efficiency but analysis shows that the vaccines have produced non-harmful side-effects, so they are quite safe. Thai people should not be reluctant to have the vaccines. We need to create herd immunity to improve our social and economic growth. If we need to have more tourism activity, we need to have vaccines en masse by the end of this year and the government is working on that.”

Prasit’s view is that at least 60% of the Thai population will need to be vaccinated in order for the country to achieve herd immunity.

Thailand was expected to begin the rollout of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine this month, but it’s understood a row between the EU and the manufacturer over exports to countries outside of the EU may affect its plan to take delivery of 35 million doses imminently. The Kingdom has also signed a technology-transfer agreement for Siam Bioscience to produce the AstraZeneca jab locally. Production is expected to begin later this year. The country is also expecting 2 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:42 am

    yeah trust it. but where is it available in Thailand? Or when? Another brilliant dic snafu. All empty promises

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      Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      It is available, B3000 for ferangs, B2250 for Thais.
      Even here they rip off the ferangs.
      However, I would suggest, due to the Thais instinct to fake and fraud, will be vaccine received in Thailand, be the saline water they have used as a covid vaccine in China?
      Should anyone in Thailand trust the vaccine is real?

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:57 am

    “He says early findings give cause for optimism, with a decrease in the number of new cases and…”

    As that the WHO said to decrease the cycle count on the PCR tests, lesser false positives are shown, therefore they can say lesser cases (because of vaxes). Severely bending the truth. Lies.

    “It is not yet clear that the decrease is linked to the vaccines’ efficiency but analysis shows that the vaccines have produced non-harmful side-effects, so they are quite safe.”

    except for those that died, are in critical care, and have had debilitating side effects…

    The rest of this propaganda piece is so full of assumptions, mis-truths, and plain lies I don’t have time or space to go on.

    Keep the propaganda coming Thaiger, it will keep the CSSA and the govt from your front door.

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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 9:50 am

      The problem with having a preconceived notion is that one tends to dismiss anything that disagrees with it and whole heartedly support anything that supports your opinion. This is not a good way to find the truth.

      For example the nursing home in Norway where about 40 nursing home residents died within a few days of getting a vaccination. This could be something. I looked into it, and about 400 nursing home residents die each day in Norway. So if “a few days” means about 5 days, you have about 8 nursing home residents who got vaccinated died out of the 400 that die without getting vaccinated unrelated to COVID-19 each day.

      Example reference:

      What does this mean? It means that we need as many good scientists doing very careful analysis of the actual data to see if there is a small effect related to the vaccine here and adjust vaccination guidelines. Or not. The scientists doing this work are intelligent and dedicated people. I know many of them personally.

      Jumping to whichever conclusion best fits my preexisting ideas doesn’t do the people around me any good.

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Once again, I say to the covid panic babies, grow up.

    There’s nothing to control. It’s a new cold/flu bug AND IT’S HERE TO STAY!

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Glenn and dispensed, don’t you ever get tired of spewing fake news. It’s your opinion and the whole world will soon pass you by.

    Thailand should develop a rollout plan that includes some PR where the most prominent politicians, doctors, celebrities and influencers get the shot in a very public setting to build confidence. Once the first wave gets their shots and everyone sees no one is convulsing and dying then they’ll jump on the band wagon.

    COVID-19 is here to stay so either get the shot or pray your immune system or your youth saves you because you will still have some suffering and death like the flu. The vaccine is not a magic bullet and helps get us into a position to manage this crisis going forward.

    BTW, I received my jab and I’m fine.

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