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Siam Bioscience says July due date of locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine still feasible

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Siam Bioscience Co. says the July due date for delivering its locally-produced Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccines is still feasible. The company is currently sending vaccine samples to laboratories in Europe and the US for quality inspections. If they are approved, then the samples will be sent to AstraZeneca for final inspections. After that, the vaccines will be registered with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration to be greenlighted for mass production. Siam Bioscience says it is capable of producing the vaccines domestically at almost the same rate as Australian and South Korean manufacturers as it is using the same technology from AstraZeneca.

The deputy government spokeswoman says that between 6-10 million doses of the vaccine will be ready to be administered in June. The corporate communication director of Siam Bioscience, Nualphan Lamsam, says the company is working as fast as it can.

“All parties concerned are working against time to produce the vaccine as fast as possible and make it an alternative to help save lives.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration that the company has improved the vaccine’s efficacy against the Brazilian and South African strains of the coronavirus. But, there is no word yet on whether the company is also planning to improve the vaccine’s efficacy against the UK virus variant, known as B117. In Thailand, 608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Today, Thailand has reported the highest ever daily amount of new infections at 1,767. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators. The third wave of Covid-19 has caused concern amongst authorities after announcing plans to reopen Phuket in July. The plan was to allow those foreign tourists, who are fully vaccinated, to enter the tourist island without needing to undergo a quarantine.

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is acknowledging that Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ model will need “a major revamp.” He says he plans to meet with “all related agencies” this week. Apart from the latest national re-surge in new infections, Phuket has been unable to get its hands on sufficient vaccines to meed its deadline of 70% of the island vaccinated by July 1. Thailand’s limited supplies of the vaccine – including some 930,000 doses designated for Phuket – are being rerouted to other provinces as the government prioritises the limited supply.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    It was June the last time I read it would be produced.

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    Digby Strong

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Are the June 6-10 million A-Z doses (the Giv say ready in June) imported? I ask because I also see, in this article, Siam Biosciences’ local brew not ready until July.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    “Thailand’s limited supplies of the vaccine – including some 930,000 doses designated for Phuket – are being rerouted to other provinces as the government prioritises the limited supply.”

    If they’d gone to those who needed them before, namely the medical staff, Khon Kaen hospital would still be operating normally. This should have been obvious from day 1, instead of bowing to the greedy and blinkered who just wanted to turn a profit again without considering the other 99% of the population outside Phuket.

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    Michael

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    The amateurs from AstraZeneca are 200 million doses behind their promised deliveries in Europe, because it seems that it’s very hard to produce it.

    And in Thailand the factory will run smoothless from day 1?

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    Steve

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Phuket is not going to happen, sadly I wonder if it will happen this year.

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    TS

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    it’ll be “feasable” when/if this fabulous leadership can work out the supplier’s payment schedules and bottom line. Maybe by year’s end?

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    James R

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Quite simply we have heard it all before so don’t hold your breath.

    Government offices in Thailand are so slow they work at their own lazy pace, the council, the land office too unless of course as I have found first hand, they do things in a record short time if you happen to have a few thousand baht in your back pocket you are willing to donate.

    Maybe Thais should put a thousand baht each on the table and then the vaccine might suddenly appear.

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    Marc

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3:58 am

    In the “Covid UPDATE: 1,767” article was stated: 2,876+386 people received their first and second shot. At that speed it will take ages until they reopen.

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    funny coz its true

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:49 am

    ever-shifting goalposts, May, June, now July, soon it will be the end of the year. Perhaps end of 2022

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    Papi

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:50 am

    July will turn in October soon … this is Thailand

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    Peter

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Sadly vaccines are hard to come by. Should forget Sandbox for Phuket or any other tourists hotspots and concentrate in vaccinating most vulnerable over entire country. Until this has been successful tourist arrivals should be restricted. Unfortunately have to accept very unlikely any reopening before 2022 earliest

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