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Thailand aims to secure 5-10 million Pfizer vaccines

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Pfizer vaccines may be coming to Thailand soon.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced yesterday that Thailand is negotiating to buy 5 to 10 million Pfizer-BoiNTech Covid-19 vaccines. 61 million SinoVac and AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled for delivery over the next 9 months, but with limited effectiveness against the B117 strain and the third wave of Covid-19 spreading around the country, Thailand is trying to supplement its supply, in quantity and variety.

PM Prayut confirmed that terms and conditions, as well as pricing, are in the works and hopes delivery will be in July but could be as late as the end of the year. AstraZeneca jabs are expected to be widely available by July.

While Thailand received praise for very low Covid-19 infection numbers in 2020, the April third wave outbreak, mainly attributed to transmission in nightclubs and entertainment venues, has been much more widespread, and vaccinations have been slow and patchy. The Thai government is facing strong criticism over the slow rollout of vaccination, with only 666,000 jabs given so far.

As of now, over 45,000 people in Thailand have been infected with Covid-19 and 108 people have died from Covid-related illnesses. Record daily infections numbers have finally started to recede slightly, but yesterday saw 1,443 new Coronavirus infections and 4 fatalities. With infections now reaching all 77 provinces, and many classified as red zones, hospitals are filling up and the need for quick vaccinations is urgent and the Pfizer vaccines would be a welcomed arrival.

The Thai government requires all Covid-19 infected people to be hospitalised for treatment or observation, even for asymptomatic cases. This has caused a shortage of hospital beds, with the creation of field hospitals and emergency facilities like the “hospitel” program to turn hotels into overflow hospitals.

Health officials are now looking at the possibility of allowing mildly infected patients to self-isolate at home if cases surge too high and hospitals reach capacity. Officials say there are 9,000 beds available now, 2,000 more than last week, and that people should get a bed within 1 to 2 days. The government is urging hospitals to double their ICU capacity as well.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    Ben

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:02 am

    So far the most effective vaccines on the planet are the mrna produced by Pfizer and Moderna. They appear to be effective against the original variant and all subsequent variants at preventing severe outcomes.

    The jury is out on Sinovac and Astra Zeneca. They have less efficacy against the original variant and some studies indicate very little effectiveness against some of the emerging variants from Brazil and South Africa.

    So why is Thailand only pursuing 5-10 million doses of Pfizer and loading up on Sinovac and Astra Zeneca? Which one would you want? Those with money and power are going to get the extremely limited supply of the Pfizer vaccine and the ordinary folk will be given the less effective vaccine.

    Another story indicates they’re allocating some of the limited vaccine supply to the Thong Lo crowd and not to medical staff of which 146 have contracted COVID at work. So you break the law and get to the front of the line?

    Vaccine management is a shit show at the moment.

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    Ian Bromley

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:30 am

    The Aim is to acquire 5-10 million doses but why would Pfizer, the most rapacious of pharma companies, even talk to Thailand! The EU is buying 1,8 billion doses from Pfizer so guess who is at the back of the queue and will pay the highest price. This country is currently 78th lowest in the global league table of percentage of population vaccinated, and it’s inadequate plans will ensure it slips further behind. Registration for the general population will only start sometime in May but a bankrupt country like S Africa is already registering people and has secured far more doses than Thailand for a smaller population. This country is being badly served by the junta.

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    funny coz its true

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Shame that Thailand’s cold chain can’t be trusted, you can’t even keep meats refrigerated correctly. F trusting them to do this correctly

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    Catman

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Possibly cost. Pfizer and Moderna are approx. $15-$20 per shot while Astra Zenica is around $4 per shot.

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    Bill

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Thaiand should purchase Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine because it is a very effective vaccine. Sputnik V vaccine is very safe and very effective. And It is available.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Somehow this Thai government and their antics over the last year over human rights, and all the corrupt practise they have, that go unpunished, will put them at the back of the queue.
    They might acquire more from China though, who are just as bad . . .

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    Silbers

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Ben, the SinoVac one is a vaccine the mRNA ones aren’t. The mRNA ones like Pfizer and Moderna are masquerading as vaccines but really, they’re just GMO injections. When you’re at the point you can trick your cells into creating spike proteins from one’s DNA template we really should call it what it is: Genetic Engineering. Of course if we did that though who would want to be the first human test subjects in history participating in the first major human GMO experiment? If I was forced (and I would have to be forced) to take one it would be the Chinese one. I would never go anywhere near the mRNA ones or that AZ crap.

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    Buttaxe

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    @Bill It is extraordinary isn’t it, the power of Western propaganda. Because Sputnik is Russian it’s not even mentioned by most Western people. 93% effective, $10 a pop, and none of the corrupt money-grabbing baggage that comes with American BigPharma.

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    stapoz

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    In Thailand they put everyone positive covid tested to a hospital even if no covid symotoms clogging the hospitals.
    They approved and ordered the less effective vaccines which cause complications.
    Finally while many countries already vaccinated 20-50% of population Thailand vaccinated 0.4%
    This must be some clever plan…

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    Joe Nyomozo

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Is it so slow because they negotiating the “kick back” fees?!

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    Ben

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Silbers, the CDC says mRNA’s are vaccines. That’s good enough for me. You can have the Chinese one.

    I’ve received my Pfizer jabs and doing fine. You either seem really smart or not to smart. I’m leaning towards the latter. I hope you and your loved ones don’t catch COVID. But I’m sure you’ll state your opinion why it’s an ok way to immunize yourself.

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    Silbers

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Yes, they managed to get the definition adjusted. You can do that sort of thing when you’ve got Bill’s billions behind you.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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