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Roll up your sleeve, the Thai PM says everyone should be able to receive a Covid-19, if and when it is finally tested and approved for use. Yesterday was the 2020 United Nations Day when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the vaccine should be treated as “global public goods” and be “equally accessed by everyone around the globe”.

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

“The country has exchanged experiences and shares good practices with other countries, especially on sustainable development based on Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and universal healthcare scheme, which has been praised by other countries as helping lead the way in equitable access to health care.”

5 days ago, the Public Health Minster Anutin Charnvirakul said that 50% of the population in Thailand will be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine once it’s released. Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are conducting trails of the new vaccine. Thailand is planned to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine, once it is fully tested and ready for public use.

“The vaccine will be first used on Thai nationals who are in their mid-60s and then the ministry will work to make sure at least 50% of the population is injected with the vaccine.”

The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Supakit Sirilak says about 65 million doses will be needed for Thailand, adding that 40% will be reserved with COVAX, 40% will go to AstraZeneca and 20% will go to other sources.

Participating in yesterday’s celebrations for the UN’s anniversary the Thai PM said that Thailand will continue to share its knowledge and experiences with Covid-19.

“Thailand strives to expand cooperation with the global community and promote its role in achieving the founding pillars of the UN system… these include peace, security, human rights and development.”

“Thailand, a United Nations member state, adheres to multilateralism and supports UN endeavours.”

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  1. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    October 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Or Oxford University will not let them have it.
    But I would bet money the Thais will be selling it to the British expats.
    They will find some excuse such as the vaccine is free but the doctor costs B7000.

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      Issan John

      October 25, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      If it’s the “Oxford university” vaccine the deal and production has already been agreed.

      Any injection here costs 50 baht at a government hospital, plus the cost of the vaccine, for “British expats”, farangs, foreigners, or Thais unless Thais are covered by the Yellow Card or by some other system.

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    Peter

    October 25, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Thailand will be a satellite state of China by the time it can open its borders.
    How long before a vaccine can be manufactured and distributed?
    SE Asia is now beginning to see the economic effects of a zero covid policy when tourism is 20% of GDP.

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      Issan John

      October 25, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      So what is your doubtless brilliant solution?

      WHAT ?????

      The Western one, where paying for furlough and sick pay would leave Thailand economically crippled and totally dependant on loans from China, like the West?

      WHAT’S YOUR ALTERNATIVE?

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    RA

    October 25, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Available to everyone as long as you’re a “Thai National”.

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      Issan John

      October 25, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      Why not?

      Who do you think the UK, USA and Western governments will give a vaccine to first?

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        RG

        October 26, 2020 at 8:54 am

        I’m very sure that the “UK, USA and Western governments” won’t say that other nationalities living in those countries will not have the vaccine. And definitely would never say that it will be available to US nationals or British Nationals. I hope you get my point.

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          Issan John

          October 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

          I get your point, but when Thailand says how much it will charge foreigners and the UK,USA,etc say that they’re going to give it to everyone and anyone there for free then it may have some validity!

          Until then …

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        Toby Andrews

        October 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

        Why not?
        Because it is an Oxford University vaccine, that’s why not.
        I doubt Oxford University are charging Thailand for the vaccine.
        A vaccine that saves live should be available to everyone, but the Thais will sell it just as they always sell western technology, which they have acquired or copied.
        They have the scruples of snakes.

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          Issan John

          October 26, 2020 at 5:32 pm

          It’s being produced in Thailand, by Astra Zeneca, not in the UK by Oxford University.

          Maybe you hadn’t noticed …..

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            Toby Andrews

            October 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm

            It is NOT being produced in Thailand. This vaccine has not been tested yet.
            READ the article above.

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      Biff

      October 27, 2020 at 4:21 am

      There is no vaccination needed for a virus that’s not more dangerous than the flu (even the WHO had to acknowledge that – and that is constantly mutating. That’s the solution. Or watch the interview with former scientific advisor at Pfizer, Dr Mike Yeadon: There is just soo much evidence out there. If you still believe in the need of a vaccine, maybe look at the Swine Flu and Bird Flu hoaxes, which companies were involved in the WHO and where the money was flowing. Some of the exact same people are involved again today.

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    Al

    October 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Intersting photo Thaiger. No “social distancing” and over half have no masks on! What do they know that we don’t?!
    As for the vaccines, well let them take it who are advocating it live televised and done properly (maybe let a couple of protesters make sure it is the real thing and no placebo or faked).
    And I dunno about you ladies and gents around here, well you can step right up the line before myself will do. Once you are “protected” then you will have absolutely no threat from people who also wish for nothing injected into our bodies.
    PS – You should also check out what the ingredients are (and see what they can do to your health) and also that there is full liability given also be the vaccine manufacturers. Have a lovely day y’all ; )

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      Issan John

      October 25, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      “No “social distancing” and over half have no masks on! What do they know that we don’t?!”

      The current rules and recommendations.

      … a relatively normal life is one of the advantages of being in a country that’s got their Covid-19 policy right, unlike most of the West.

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    Pat Gibbons

    October 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Another ironic story. The cost of the vaccine ranges from 100 baht to 1500 baht per person. The Oxford University vaccine is in its final stages and will be rolled out just before Christmas. UK is NOT making a penny out of the vaccine and has purchased 100 million vaccines for UK citizens whereas Thailand has agreed to purchase 30 million vaccines (not enough). So, UK will sell to Thailand for 100 baht but the doctor will cost to administrate it. In the UK, we are even going to use vets and anyone remotely capable of administering the vaccine. We are even testing on thousands of our citizens to make sure the vaccine is safe for you. So maybe you can consider letting us back into your country. Quarantine is fair enough but not all of us fall into your 11 categories. I want to visit my nephews and family please

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      Issan John

      October 25, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      And your source for that collection of pure fantasy and utter tripe is what, exactly?

      It’s just uninformed nonsense from start to finish.

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        Toby Andrews

        October 26, 2020 at 12:20 pm

        John just because you cannot find Pat’s source does not mean it does not exist.
        Ask Pat in a civil manner and Pat might tell.
        You will not have cooperation writing in this rude and offensive manner

        MORON

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          Issan John

          October 26, 2020 at 5:56 pm

          I gave Pat’s comment all the respect I thought it deserved, and mine was a hypothetical question, as I already know it’s baseless nonsense.

          Vets will not be administering the vaccine, the cost doesn’t “range from 100 to 1,500 baht per person”, it may or may not be “rolled out just before Christmas”, the UK will not “sell to Thailand for 100 baht” as Thailand is producing it at the Astra Zeneca plant in Thailand, etc, etc, etc.

          I’m quite happy to be civil, but when someone writes absolute rubbish then I don’t see much point.

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            Toby Andrews

            October 26, 2020 at 8:05 pm

            Naw you just revel in being nasty.
            You do not know, and you want to pretend you do.
            So you rubbish others posts without justification.
            This vaccine is not being produced in Thailand, as you state.
            It may be later . . .
            You have no idea what it will cost, but you claim you do.
            You do not know if the UK will sell it to Thailand, and you say they will not because Thailand will be producing it.
            There is such a thing as a licence fee, which the Thais do not like paying for western ideas. However they might have to in this case.
            Personally I would not give it to the Thais. Give it to the Malaysia and make Thailand buy it from them.
            It will break the Thailand’s heart.

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      42nd Battalion

      October 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Will they indemnify for damages the people who line up to take it? No. They will not. They aren’t that stupid.

      At least he admitted that the United Nations are totally in command and control of all the covid decisions. Not that we didnt all ready know.

      Why dont the students protest the UN? Theyre running the country. No one voted for them.

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      42nd Battalion

      October 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

      PAT GIBBONS: Sorry to hear that you are suffering by being separated from your family. We can not, however, expect any sympathy. These UN types get a free pass where ever they go. They cannot relate to us.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I have a novel idea. Thailand can only have the vaccines if they allow the British courier in free of restrictions and visa fees. Each courier will carry 200 vaccines.
    The courier will be virus free and will have been vaccinated.
    Thais are always putting down conditions on the British. It is about time the British gave the Thais some.
    I am sure that if the Thais had developed the vaccine they would not be giving it away. They would be selling it.
    But it will not happen because the British are too nice to foreign corrupt peasants.

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      Issan John

      October 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      God Almighty.

      What part of

      “Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are conducting trails of the new vaccine. Thailand is planned to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine, once it is fully tested and ready for public use”

      do you not understand?

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        Toby Andrews

        October 26, 2020 at 8:31 pm

        The vaccine will be manufactured in Stocton-on-Tees.
        Thailand is planned to be the manufacturing country in the Far East, but there is no contract.
        It might not happen.
        I hope it does not. Thailand is too unreliable and dishonest to handle this.
        They will find some way to corrupt the matter – look at who is in charge.

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          Issan John

          October 27, 2020 at 4:31 am

          So all the reports are wrong? Including the British Embassy’s?

          … and you know better?

          I see …..

          “The Thai Ministry of Public Health, AstraZeneca, Siam Bioscience and SCG announced yesterday their intent to manufacture the University of Oxford’s potential COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand.”

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            Toby Andrews

            October 27, 2020 at 11:13 am

            I refer the dishonourable member to my previous reply.
            And advise the member to correctly use grammatical tenses correctly.

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    Issan John

    October 25, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    So what is your doubtless brilliant solution?

    WHAT ?????

    The Western one, where paying for furlough and sick pay would leave Thailand economically crippled and totally dependant on loans from China, like the West?

    WHAT’S YOUR ALTERNATIVE?

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    Don R

    October 25, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    They can have my vaccine if anyone wants it. The risk for my demographic group is a statistical zero.

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      RA

      October 26, 2020 at 8:59 am

      But the risk of you giving it to someone in another “demographic group” is what? And them giving it to another group. Don’t just think of yourself, think about family and friends.

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        SG666

        October 26, 2020 at 9:33 am

        BS…we as a family of 4 will not take this vaccine as we do not believe in this hoax…do I care about others than my family ? No I dont.

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        Issan John

        October 27, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        SG666 apparently has no friends to worry about …..

        … and since he and his family of 4 are unlikely to be able to travel abroad if countries make having been vaccinated a condition of entry at least the risk’s contained …

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          SG666

          October 28, 2020 at 6:28 pm

          yes John, I am not interested in people, for me the expat community in LOS is rubbish, so I am not interested in making friends, especially NOT in Thailand.

          If in the unlikely event that governments will require to be vaccinated to enter a country I will simply skip to visit this country.
          Another option is to buy a a certificate – at least to leave LOS – as one of the few good things in Thailand is that if you have money you can buy everything and everybody.

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      Issan John

      October 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Interesting … the only demographic group where the risk is a “statistical zero” are the deceased.

      That explains a great deal …..

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    42nd Battalion

    October 26, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Statistically insignificant is the term. It’s a good term. Sort of sums up the whole covid situation.

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      Issan John

      October 27, 2020 at 4:18 am

      “The risk for my demographic group is a statistical zero.”
      (Don R)

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      Issan John

      October 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      You mean the “whole covid situation” where over half the hospital beds in Western Europe are now taken up by patients with Covid in an attempt to stop them dying, at the expense of those who would otherwise be receiving hospital treatment?

      … that “statistically insignificant” situation?

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        SG666

        October 28, 2020 at 6:36 pm

        So, over half of the hospital beds in Western Europe are take up by covid 19 patients.. please provide evidence for your claim.

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          Issan John

          October 29, 2020 at 3:06 am

          A simple google along the lines of “hospitals in europe filling up with covid cases” will get you any number of reports, including a detailed map in the New York Times, and its widely reported by France 24, DW and the BBC. If you don’t like the mass media you can also get deyailed breakdowns (same search) confirming it, in detail, from the BMJ and ECDC.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 27, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Oh let this John have his petty little victory.
    It means so much to him . . .

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