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Thai people not given choice which Covid-19 vaccine they receive

Neill Fronde



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It’s free but you don’t get a choice. Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that people will not be given a choice of which Covid-19 vaccine they receive. Amid widespread criticism of the slow rollout of vaccination in Thailand, the health minister discussed the process of vaccines being approved for distribution within Thailand. Many are concerned about possible side effects from the different vaccine options.

The minister stated that people reporting for vaccination will be injected with the most suitable option available for their demographic. No vaccine choice will be given in free inoculation centres. The health minister stressed that people will receive an immunising vaccine and that every Covid-19 vaccine that is administered in Thailand is first inspected by a vaccine safety committee.

Currently, the Sinovac vaccine is the most used jab in Thailand, being prioritised for medical workers, frontline workers, and immigration officers. Sinovac required two doses spaced 3 weeks apart. The Pfizer vaccine is still in the evaluation process, though the health minister commented that if and when it is approved for use in Thailand that vaccine would be be the ideal choice for young people from 12 to 18 years old, as it has been tested to be safe for children over 12.

The minister said that Thailand is prepared to register Covid-19 vaccines by all different manufacturers and that the government is not hindering any specific brand. But the process before vaccines can be administered within the borders involves the manufacturer registering their vaccine by submitting necessary documents to the Food and Drug Administration. The government then evaluates the vaccine and once it is deemed safe will approve the registration.

Currently, only Sinovac and AstraZeneca are available in Thailand, though many makers are pushing to get through the FDA approval process. The Thai government aims to lock down commitments from these two vaccine makers to confirm a speedy delivery timeline. The problem of importing vaccines in large quantities is that the jabs are needed worldwide including the home countries of the vaccine producers, which often get priority before exporting.

A second Chinese vaccine producer, Sinopharm, just had a meeting with the Public Health Minister but have not begun negotiations for import yet. The American vaccine Moderna is also working its way through the registration process, having submitted the documents to the FDA and awaiting approval now.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Most Thai’s don’t need a choice anyway. Just follow the rules. Military wants to take over my country? Yes sir please. Following stupid rules all day. Making up new useless rules and excuses be my guest.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:32 am

    There’s only 2 vaccine i would take. Pfizer and moderna. The other ones i don’t trust. I live in Sweden and many people have problem from Astra.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

    These vaccines have been approved for use in many countries, why does Thailand need its FDA to approve? jobs or the boys I guess

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    Be happy and healthy

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

    12 year olds getting a vaccine even though they have a 100% chance of survival. This is so fkd up! What a clown world.

    Get the old and weak vaccinated and any one who stay afraid of covid. Statistically like the flu, thais just aren’t as vulnerable to covid as the obese west.

    Thaiger, please report the story of 23 yr old girl who died and the family recorded the conversation with doctor who told the family to not tell anyone.

    This needs to be covered!

    You are complicit in this crime against humanity by not reporting it.

    And why is a 23 yr old getting vaccinated against a virus she has 99.999999% chance of survival if contacting it.

    Why is there no antibody testing? If I already have immunity to covid why do I need a vaccine?

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Why is no one talking about how Sinovac is a poorly effective vaccine with a low effective rate of 50 – 60% compared to the effective rate of 90%+ with the American, Russian, and UK vaccines.
    Moreover, Sinovac proves near useless against the UK strand of Covid, which currently, is the big killer and problem in Thailand. Yet Thailand still insists to give out Sinovac vaccines?
    And just to top it all off, the public now has no choice between a good vaccine and a crap vaccine. Fuck that shit, provide what’s best for the public. Buy your shitty submarines and boats for ridiculous prices, but don’t mess with people’s health and do a half-arsed job about it for once, please Thailand.

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    Dynamo Dave

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    ‘It’s free but you don’t get a choice. . .’
    Oh, come, Thailand! Do you imagine for one minute that people queuing for vaccination in the US or UK – or anywhere! – would be offered a choice? Of course not. They have to trust the health authorities to have a safe vaccine available – just the one of them, not a bleedin’ choice.

    And, re ‘Many are concerned about possible side effects from the different vaccine options’, simple research will tell you whether the vaccine being used – probably the A-Z one – is worth the risk. Follow the majority of rest of the world, for heaven’s sake . . . they’re not complaining about lack of choice.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Avoid the Russian and Chinese vaccines! There’s a reason why their own people don’t even want to use them. Information on them is scarce and what is out there are most likely OVER exaggerated to make it look good.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    @rnb big killer in Thailand. 150 deaths is 12 months scares you and is a big killer. If you’re afraid of covid, wait till you hear about the flu or dengue fever which kills 15,000 every year in Thailand.

    You’re an idiot.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Nothing surprising, it is normal in almost all countries vaccinating.
    No need to choose, they have the same purpose.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    from the information available it seems that the best vaccines are Pfizer and Moderna, followed by Astrazeneca which, although it has many side effects, guarantees good protection, the Chinese vaccine is the worst available today because it is less than 50% effective, the latest studies on the Russian vaccine they say that the adenovirus used as a vector is capable of replicating in the human body.
    China and Russia were the first to make the vaccine but they are far behind in the vaccination campaign, if Russians and Chinese do not trust the vaccine produced by their dictators there is a reason!

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    In Brazil the Chinese Vaccine Sinovac and Sputnik failed completly. So why the hell should people play with their health? Biontech/Pfizer had the best results so let the people choose whom they trust. The reports are out and Sinovac failed thats a fact!

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    Clive g

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    @luca – Pfizer and Moderna only appears safe because they refuse to partake in the side-effects safety Reporting ( vaers)

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    Barry Betts

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Remember my Thai friends you’re amazing government saying with the vaccine you get what you are given and you have no choice… The Thai people are always told what to do so they are use to this… I really feel sorry for the people of Thai and if their not happy they can’t complain so same same all the time!!

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Most are not given the opportunity to receive any vaccine.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Pointless to have a choice of vaccines,as it is still early days,as no one can assure which vaccine is most effective.Perhaps,only after several years of research and testings,then vaccines can better fight the virus.Furthermore,after vaccination infection can still happen,depending on many factors plus an individual’s immunity. A vaccine is not a cure,as it is to help to fight the virus for people with weak immunity.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    People in America for the longest of time didn’t have a choice either. Not until late in the process when the vaccines were distributed to the pharmacies was a choice available. Some of them would let you know what vaccine they were using which allowed you to decide which pharmacy to visit. I did that, choose Pfizer over Modena but it required me to travel a little further to do so.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I’m not getting vaccinated but the elder and the ones with auto immune diseases should

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    J West

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Don’t worry. Two vaccines from Chna are in the pipeline. That’s reassuring. No ? Yikes !!

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    The main issue is that as usual this military sort-of-government has chosen the less
    effective and most controversial vaccines ! Anyone surprised ?

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    Mike Texas

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Americans don’t have a choice either. I doubt many, if any, country is providing its citizens with a choice. This isn’t a fast food restaurant that you are lining up in to place an order. This article only makes vaccinating the populous even harder because it leads people to believe they aren’t getting something they should have and that others are getting. The second half of the article was informative but the headline and first part (that most read) could have been written in a much more balanced manor but then it wouldn’t have pandered to the fears of people and gotten as much attention. Website hits trumps better journalism…

    At best they could do what some in America have done, ask which vaccine is being administered at a certain location and if you don’t want it take your chance at going somewhere else – the risk being that it is the same vaccine but not you have to wait hours, days, or weeks to get your place back in the line.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    @Hasse –
    In France too.
    One french doctor found the cause : the vaccine must be injected in the muscle but sometimes the needle is inside a vein of the muscle, sendind the vaccine directly inside the blood stream.
    The solution : when the needle is inside the muscle, suck a little before to ensure no blood is coming in the seringue, so not from a vein. If no blood, ok for injection.
    The french Health Minister (Veran) has removed this caution to don’t alarm the population.
    Today (apr21) 75% of french citizen refuse the Astrazeneca vaccine including myself.
    Wait and see for the russian Sputnik vaccine.

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    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:35 am

    As far as vaccine “approval” is concern, it’s obvious a matter of the government “saving face” since the ‘Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson ivaccines are not currently unavailable, or unaffordable. The questionable Chinese stuff is, along with Thailand’s own concoction. The arrogance to even consider that “safety” is the reason for not approving vaccines made in the West , is obviously politically driven.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

Tanutam Thawan



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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

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SOURCE: PR Thai Government


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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.



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