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The Thai government is looking to lay its hands on another 5 million batches of the Sinovac Biotech ‘CoronaVac’ vaccine from China.

800,000 more doses of the Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine arrived in Thailand yesterday and will be administered to health workers, the elderly and at-risk areas, according to Thailand’s public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday. Another 1 million doses, from the initial order of 2 million shots from China, will arrive next month.

200,000 doses of the Sinovac Biotech arrived 4 weeks ago.

The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine will be used to provide the rest of the 2021 supplies to inoculate Thai citizens. An order of 26 million doses from Siam Bioscience, locally producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, have been reported as being available in the third quarter this. An additional 35 million doses will follow in Q4, according to the current roll out plans of the Thai government.

Minister Anutin Charnvirakul denies that the Thai government have never blocked attempts by the private sector to import and supply Covid vaccines. But back in December Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration ordered private hospitals and public administrators to stop their attempts to get hold of the vaccines. A month later the Public Health Minister said local administrations can use their own funds to buy approved Covid vaccines for administration in their localities.

“We stand ready to facilitate the private sector in importing the vaccines to serve people since the move would ease the burden of the government.”

The Federation of Thai Industries report that 109 private companies also want to vaccinate as many as 51,000 workers with approved vaccines. Provincial municipalities in Pattaya and Phuket, heavily impacted by the restrictions and lockdowns, have also set up projects to vaccinate large swathes of their local communities.

But, as of last week, only 61,791 people had received vaccines, according to Bangkok Post, a long way from the 67 million Thai population. Of the nearly 62,000 recipients, 50% were health workers, 11% were frontline workers, 32% were members of the community and 6% were over 60 years of age. Many of the initial vaccine allocations are being sent to Samut Sakhon, the hot spot in the centre of the December 2020 cluster that broke out amongst the migrant workers in Thailand’s seafood industry and markets, just south west of Bangkok.

5,000 doses were sent to Samut Sakhon Hospital, and another 5,000 to the Krathumbaen and Banphaeo hospitals in the province.

No allergic or adverse reactions have been registered as a result of the early vaccine rollout in Thailand.

Yesterday, there were 119 new Covid-19 cases – 112 local and 7 from travellers entering Thailand. 26 Thai and 12 Burmese are among the 38 cases in Samut Sakhon province, the centre of the recent Covid-19 cluster in December last year.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS World

 

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16 Comments

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  1. Avatar

    Gosport

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Great, more tourists will come.

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    Denis

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:36 am

    A big thank to Thai government about the way they managed this sanitary crisis.
    Now, it is time for vaccination and one more time, Thai gov takes decision quickly but with good sense.
    Choosing Sinovac vaccine is really a good decision, because no one can say middle term or long term side effects of ARNm or even those like AZ vaccines. The good choice is to protect population first.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    “An order of 26 million doses from Siam Bioscience, locally producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, have been reported as being available in the third quarter this. An additional 35 million doses will follow in Q4, according to the current roll out plans of the Thai government.”

    Even that will be insufficient to vaccinate half the country by the end of the year.

    It’s little surprise that an increasing number are starting to ask why the country’s vaccination plan is still relying entirely on one small company producing a vaccine under licence when it has never produced any vaccines before, when media are not allowed to see any sign of progress or production, and when an increasing number of vaccines which appear to be at least as effective if not more, and are cheaper, are becoming available commercially.

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    Frank

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    What is the status of J&J, Pfizer, Moderate Novavax. As with the Flu shot and others we would happily pay to anyone.

    I am a US citizen

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Exactly John.
    Still only about 80.000 vaccinated, and yet there appears to be plenty of vaccine doses available.
    Could it be that certain people are holding the vaccinations back in order that vaccinations can be sold commercially?
    Could be.

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    Wayno

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Everyone knows why Thailand is dragging its feet.
    Thailand had ideas of grandure, to be the most importand SE Asian country who will save the region with their massive vaccine production, countries begging Thailand for vaccines and TL patting itself on the back as the saviour whilst earning bucket loads of cash for everyone involved.

    Problem is….the greed has backfired and Thailand now has to somehow sidestep the production propaganda and purchase vaccines without looking like complete idiots and lose face on a massive scale

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    Comicus

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Of course, 80K doses are more than enough for Royalties, politicians, civil servants, the rich. Others, especially non-voters, do not get priority except there is certain benefits to do so.

    Obviously, THL is not as good as Singapore as even foreigners get their jab starting this week.

    Thais do not really want non-Thai in THL, they mainly focus on money from non-Thai.

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    Scuzz

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:17 am

    So the government is ordering scads of the least effective vaccine, and promising millions of doses from a company that hasn’t even started manufacturing them yet, let alone had the dodgy product tested and approved.
    That sure should help bring back the tourists….in a couple more years.

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    Tom Atwill

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I am sure you will probably block this one but. The Sinovac vaccine from China ia the worse choice
    possible it has shown the lowest efficacy and the most side effects. Also, you can not trust
    anything from China, many counterfeits already found. You dont know what you are getting.
    Use Moderna, Phyzer, And J& J. Thailand will find this is a bug mistake,
    When have you been able to trust the Chinese?
    Even though you will probably block this because you cant say anything bad against Chinese

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:49 am

    “Could it be that certain people are holding the vaccinations back in order that vaccinations can be sold commercially?”

    Not as far as I’m aware, Toby – the only ones to gain from that would be foreign pharma.

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    James R

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Wow, only 800,000 vaccinated so far, in some countries in the world 800,000 vaccinations are being done every day.

    It will take years to vaccinate Thailand at this rate.

    Thailand, good for holidays, I love it, but rely on them for science, technology, industry, well anything other than making noodles, forget it.

    That is why their best scientists leave and go to the West.

    Issan John, you can always nip on a plane and come back to your home country (UK) for your free (two) vaccine(s).

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 3:12 am

    “The Sinovac vaccine from China ia the worse choice
    possible it has shown the lowest efficacy and the most side effects”

    Given the rest of your comments that hardly seems to be your real reason.

    It’s simply untrue that it’s shown “the most side effects”. If you think that’s the case, detail any shown anywhere – it’s pure fabrication, nothing more.

    “Efficacy”? Against mild symptoms, possibly. Against severe effects, hospitalisation and fatalities AFAIK all reports are that it’s 100% effective, including against all variants which is considerably better than AZ, Moderna or Pfizer. If that’s incorrect I’d be only too happy to learn how.

    FWIW Phizer obviously isn’t possible here due to the logistics and Moderna would be difficult, and their efficacy is certainly questionable.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 3:29 am

    “Issan John, you can always nip on a plane and come back to your home country (UK) for your free (two) vaccine(s).”

    Thank you for the reminder, James R, but since I’d be far more likely to catch Covid-19 in the UK after the first jab than I am here without it, and I’d still be more likely to do so even after the second, and since it would mean putting up with the ongoing lockdown in the UK the likes of which we’ve never had here, there really isn’t much of an incentive.

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    TC

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:20 am

    IJ.
    I think you will find it will be perfectly sufficient to vaccinate all those who want to subject there immunne systems and bodies to a trial drug.
    Perhaps you can explain to me why anyone under 50 that is fit and healthy be paranoid about catching the flu?
    If all the at risk people are have been vaccinated what is the point? This will never be illuminated and the world has to open up soon.

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    Slugger

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:27 am

    The amount of people who misunderstand the term ‘efficacy’ is simply breathtaking. Educate yourselves before you commit perjury, you ignoramuses.

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    James R

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Issan John

    It is just not logical re the number of claimed cases in Thailand.

    No lockdown, millions of people in bars, restaurants and shops and still very few cases, illogical.

    All the other counties who did ‘well’ re low numbers of cases kept the majority of its population locked down in order to beat the virus but magically Thailand can carry on as if nothing is happening ands still no cases.

    Yes they do keep the very few visitors who arriving locked down in hotels but the vast majority of the spread in any country is from the domestic population.

    I do not believe anything the Thai government is saying.

    Most of the Thais I talk to who are resident here in the UK think the same, it is the reason they live here, they hate the corruption over there.

    But Thailand is great for holidays still as long as all of my investments are here under my control.

    Where else can you drink and drive, speed, do as you please and only have to pay a few quid to get away with it? Thailand of course. ?

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