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Thai FDA expected to approve AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

Caitlin Ashworth



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In the midst of a new wave of Covid-19 infections, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be approved for emergency use and injections could begin next month.

The local roll out would start with vulnerable groups who are in the 5 coastal provinces under maximum control to contain the coronavirus – Samut Sakhon, Trat, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi and Rayong.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the vaccine for emergency use this week. The FDA is examining documents as part of the registration process and to declare the vaccine’s efficacy and safety, according to the Ministry of Public Health’s Disease Control Department director general Opas Karnkawinpong.

Thailand had earlier secured 26 million doses of the vaccine, which is developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the UK’s Oxford University. The Thai company Siam Bioscience is set to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine. Injections for the general public are projected to start in the second half of 2021.

Since the latest wave of coronavirus infections, starting with the outbreak at a Samut Sakhon seafood market last month, Thailand also secured 2 million doses of China’s Sinovac BioTech vaccine. The first batch of 200,000 doses is expected to arrive next month. 800,000 more doses will arrive in March and 1 million doses in April.

“At risk” groups in the 5 coastal provinces with maximum disease control measures will receive the vaccine first. Those provinces are Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. People over 60 years old and those with chronic illnesses are given top priority.

With reports in Norway of elderly, highly frail recipients dying sometime after getting the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine, Thai health officials are insisting that only vaccines that are proven will be safe will be administered to Thai people.

Opas says that after vaccination, the health officials will follow up with recipients at least 4 weeks after injection to record and investigate any allergic reactions or complications.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Some good news at last. Let’s see if its true !

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Much to the horror of the perpetual losers on this board, a British vaccine is going to get their flea ridden asses out of this mess.
    Whilst they have no way of returning to Blighty due to being disowned by family and friends and not having a dime to their names.
    UK hit the 4 million vaccination mark yesterday.

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    So only vaccines that are proven will be safe will be administered and then there will be a follow up to investigate allergic reactions and complications to make sure that it is safe? If they are only going to administer vaccines that are proven to be safe why would there be any allergic reactions and complications? What is their definition of safe? There has not been a vaccine in the history of vaccination that has not caused injury and even death to a percentage of the recipients so how will it be known how safe the vaccine is? How many adverse reactions will be accepted as safe? How about a report on that Caitlin?

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      Stephen Westrip

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      I infer ‘proven safe’ as having Thai FDA approval. No vaccine ever has data about long-term effects until the vaccine has been administered to enough people for long enough. Also, phase 1, 2 and 3 trials always have healthy people in them. No pharma company is going to admit someone to a trial that they know is already sick!!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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