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Thai government sets 600 million baht aside for Oxford University Covid vaccine

Maya Taylor



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The Thai government is budgeting 600 million baht to purchase supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine currently being worked on at Oxford University in the UK. Trials look promising so far, with the vaccine triggering a strong immune response among volunteers. Production is expected to start before the end of the year. In Thailand, a vaccine being developed at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University has been successfully tested on primates, with plans to have it ready for humans by the middle of next year.

Nation Thailand reports that the Deputy Health Minister, Sathit Pitutecha, says he’s already been in touch with Oxford University about purchasing doses of their vaccine, adding that other countries, such as South Korea, are doing the same. He stresses the importance of an effective vaccine to enable people to live without fear.

“We cannot live with panic. Our public health system is well prepared. The important point is that Covid-19 is contagious and must be strictly controlled until vaccines are developed.”

Thailand continues to report no cases of community transmission of the virus, but the closure of its borders is having a devastating effect on an economy so reliant on tourism. Sathit says the country must be allowed to reopen to visitors from countries deemed “low risk”.

He admits the recent case of an Egyptian soldier testing positive for the virus while in the eastern province of Rayong has damaged the public’s confidence. However, he adds that that confidence is gradually being restored, saying Rayong is now considered 99% safe and will be considered 100% safe once 14 days have passed with no new case of Covid-19 being recorded. A further round of testing starts in the province today.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    The British government should refuse all sales to Thailand of this vaccine.
    They should tell the Thais they will get nothing until they stop treating British nationals in the disgraceful way they have during this last four months.
    Besides, the Thais will just buy a small shipment, copy it, and buy no more.

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    Edy F.

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 2:19 am

    These vaccines are going to kill people or make them ill forever. They are going to change people in genetically modified objects. And they contain a lot of chemical such as aluminum, mercury, up to 250 chemical products. It’s only a way by big pharma to intoxicate people and make a lot of money. It’s really a scandal ! How can government believe in this ? Nobody is able to open eyes and mind now ? What happens in the world ? Why are you all scared with no reason ? Where are your brains, people ?

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    Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    for usa, national – assembly . net,
    for germany, ddb radio . org ( in, deutschland treff . voice room ).
    it could be the last change, for humanity, to keep some or all, of freedom.
    you decide, how you live, not few people, as in a, huge dictator-ship, world-wide.

    those, so called politicians, world-wide, never got the permission to rule over
    millions of humans, per country. also, to rule so evil-like, has no point, because
    all human can have a very great life, and even soon.

    just this fact, makes understandable,
    why there are so many, conspiracy theories nowadays, world-wide.
    obviously, there is something more, than just, money and power by control.
    instead of, to blame others, just let us work together for a, much better, near future.

    please, come back to normality, instead of twist everything around, as, evil is good.

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