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Thai Covid-19 experimental vaccine to proceed to human testing from April 2021

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A Thai start-up developing an experimental Covid-19 vaccine is said to be making good progress, with the candidate passing testing on laboratory animals. Baiya Phytopharm, a Thai firm developing a vaccine from plant leaves, is to sign an agreement to begin production for use in human trials. Thewin Wongwanich, from the State Enterprise Development Planning Subcommittee, says the firm is one of several Thai companies working on a vaccine to combat the virus.

“One of those with a high success rate is Baiya Phytopharm, a Thai start-up founded by researchers from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences whose vaccine from plant leaves has passed tests on laboratory animals.”

Baiya Phytopharm’s agreement is with the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation and Kingen Biotech, a Bangkok pharmaceutical firm. The deal will govern vaccine production and human testing from April to June 2021. On Friday, Baiya Phytopharm will launch a fundraising project to raise the necessary 500 million baht and Thewin says Thais are being asked to chip in.

“We would like to invite Thais to donate 500 baht each via CU Enterprise to support Thai researchers.”

A number of vaccines have so far proved effective in phase 3 trials, including a vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, developed in conjunction with German biotechnology firm BioNTech, another from US technology company Moderna, and a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, in partnership with Oxford University in the UK.

Singapore has confirmed it has approved the Pfizer-BionNTech vaccine and is preparing to receive supplies by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Thailand has signed a 6 billion baht agreement to procure 26 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University jab, with roll-out expected to begin by mid-2021.

The Thai biotechnology firm Siam Bioscience has also signed a technology-transfer agreement to start production of the vaccine within the first 6 months of the year.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

    A vaccine for Covid from “plant leaves” … and they need 500 million baht to support their studies …..

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    Malc Thai

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:21 am

    So you donate ฿500 towards the development of a plant based vaccine then probably charged for the vaccine before Christmas 2021 while you could buy 3 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for ฿500.

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    Ben

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:35 am

    A Thai start-up working on a COVID vaccine, needing 500 million baht in funding, is like a tortoise racing Usain Bolt in a 100 meter dash. If this was some kind of game changer the Thai government would fund it faster than you can turn around. I guess this is news. Asking Thais to chip in 500 baht is kind of embarrassing.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      I’d be curious to know what their “high success rate” is based on …

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    Steve

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    You could not make this up, unless you was on a certain kind of leaf.!

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    James R

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Simply, “No thanks”, for all sorts of reasons, it is pointless to go into detail.

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    Burt

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    How much did you get paid to publish this as “news”? Make belief vaccine story at make belief news.

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      Karen

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      Lots of modern drugs in use today come from plants, eg, digitalis for heart conditions comes from the foxglove plant !! Plants are natures NATURAL pharmacy and should not be poohood !

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:36 pm

        Very true, Karen, but AFAIK none are used as vaccines.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    This might be of interest to the tourism sector….

    FDA finds Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to be safe, 94 percent effective
    Dec 15,2020

    Maybe Thailand will set up a travel bubble with the USA! 55555
    Now that would be ironic.

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    Glenn

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    a vax for a flu that has a worldwide fatality rate of only 0.02% and in Thailand a fatality rate of 0.000087%

    just what’s needed urgently…. and they’re begging Thai’s to chip in 500b for the startup funds.

    this is beyond absurd.

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      Ben

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Glenn, people like you who try to minimize death with your decimal points are pathetic. As of today 302,000 people have died from COVID in the USA alone and thousands more are dying daily. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, etc. Obviously not yours.

      In WWII the USA had 407,316 combat deaths. America will surpass that figure in the next 35-40 days. I’m sure those are acceptable figures to you.

      BTW – the actual rate is .2% – .4%. You’re off by a factor of 10. That compares to .05% – .15% fatality rate for the flu. So COVID is 3 – 4 times more deadly than the flu and much more contagious because of asymptomatic spread. Or maybe you don’t care about the facts because they don’t support your case to open everything up so you have access to cheap sun, booze and girls.

      Thailand I’m sure is happy with the fact they avoided 64,000 deaths to date (if at the same rate as the USA) and hundreds more daily going for months until vaccination. They also avoided economic damage like that seen in the UK and California due to domestic shut downs.

      Some more facts:

      -If you’re between 50 and 60 and become infected your chance of dying is 1 in 500
      -If you’re between 60 and 70 is 1 in 100
      -If you’re over 70 it’s 5.4%

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Ben, I couldn’t have put it better.

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