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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha postpones AstraZeneca jab after some European countries suspended the vaccine

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Photo via Facebook/ ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thailand’s prime minister cancelled plans to get injected with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine today after reports that some European countries suspended the jab due to the possibility that the vaccine could be linked to an increased risk of blood clots. Some people developed blood clots after receiving the vaccine. In a case in Denmark, a person died.

After some European countries suspended the jab, the European Medicines Agency released a statement saying there is no increased risk of blood clots and the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. They say there have been 30 cases of “thromboembolic events” reported among the 5 million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe. An investigation into the reports of blood clots possibly linked to the vaccine is a “precautionary measure,” they say.

There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine… the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh its risks and the vaccine can continue to be administered while investigation of cases of thromboembolic events is ongoing.

Still, the reports were enough to lead Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to postpone his jab. Prayut was scheduled to be injected with the vaccine today.

Prayut had initially planned to receive China’s Sinovac vaccine, but decided against that vaccine due to his age. Some doctors say those over 60 years old should not receive the Sinovac vaccine due to lack of research for that age group. Prayut is 66.

SOURCES: European Medicines Agency | National News Bureau of Thailand

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    Nipral

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:58 am

    as usual this sort-of-government made all the wrong choices ! Pathetic Prayut !

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    Scuzz

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Prayut…always setting a good example for his people.

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    Gosport

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    In trust Sinovac.

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    Bobby M

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Sorry, but it seems to me that the EU and competitors are hell bent on trying to discredit this vaccine.

    From the Greek reporter.

    The EMA noted that as of March 9, “22 cases of thromboembolic events had been reported among the 3 million people vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in the European Economic Area.”

    More importantly.

    “The information available so far indicates that the number of thromboembolic events in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen in the general population.”

    Safety must of course come first, but let’s see what comes from the investigation. However, I have a sneaky feeling that once again it will be found there is no link.

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    Rasputin

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 12:18 am

    With around 23,000,000 AZ vaccinations already having been done in the UK I think any problems would have been spotted by now. Medical events can take place anytime, if one happens soon after a vaccination, the vaccine will be assumed to be the cause, when in all likelihood will have had nothing to do with it.

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    Edy F.

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:43 am

    This satanic poison is made to kill people.

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    Nipral

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Chicken Prayut !!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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FILE PHOTO: Checkpoints in Phuket will only allow Covid-19 tested or vaccinated travellers in.

To help wrangle the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak in Phuket, strict controls for everyone entering the island go into effect today until the end of April. The provincial communicable disease committee approved the measures in an effort to stop the proliferation of Covid-19 in the province. The new regulations state that only people who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine or have tested to be Coronavirus-free within 3 days of arrival, will be allowed to enter Phuket. Proper certification or documentation must be presented to verify this information – either a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or the results of a recent negative Covid-19 test.

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the Thai government will purchase another 35 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in addition to the 65 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister made a post on his Facebook page today announcing that Thailand will produce the additional doses from 2 or possibly 3 companies.

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SOURCES: Thai PBS | Reuters

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