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Thailand eyes first half of 2021 for production of AstraZeneca vaccine

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Thailand hopes to begin production and administration of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine during the first 6 months of 2021. As part of a technology-transfer agreement signed by the Thai government, Siam Bioscience will be provided with the information for vaccine production. It then hopes to register the vaccine with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration within the next 6 months.

The pharmaceutical group hopes to manufacture sufficient doses for Thailand and its ASEAN neighbours during the first half of next year. Nation Thailand reports that the initial plan is to produce 26 million doses for 13 million Thais. It’s understood the company has the means to manufacture 180 – 200 million doses a year, or 15 million a month. Opas Karnkawinpong from Thailand’s Disease Control Department says the country will need around 2 million doses a month, with the rest being exported to neighbouring countries.

Next month, the Vaccine Board is expected to confirm the priority groups who will receive the vaccine first. They are thought to be the elderly and those with underlying conditions, the same categories prioritised for the flu vaccine, and those most at risk of developing serious complications from Covid-19.

Research released this week shows that the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford University in the UK, has an efficacy rate of 70%, which increases to 90% if it’s administered first as a half-dose, then a full dose. The pharmaceutical giant is now in the process of submitting its results for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, both in the UK and Europe. The company says it wants to be able to distribute the vaccine to the world, at a rate of 3.1 billion doses a year.

Meanwhile, Australian carrier Qantas has confirmed it will require passengers to show proof of vaccination, once international travel resumes.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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  1. Avatar

    SG666

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:10 am

    As said…go ahead with it..get your jab guys..i will watch it and will laugh my ass off when the side effects start to kick in. Good luck. Big brother is watching you.

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      Nipral

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Thanks DOCTOR ???????!

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:43 am

      But you said you’re doing everyone here a favour and leaving, so you WON’T be watching it – assuming, of course, that you’ve managed to get on a flight.

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        SG666

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12:32 pm

        If I give somebody or everybody a favour is not interesting for me. I giving myselve a favour leaving LOScam, its moronic population and its rubbish expat community. By yhe way. My attendance in this forum is independent from my location.

        And dont worry. I wil get a flight. There are always ways around everything when you have cash at you disposal especially in LOScam. You should have noticed that with all your wisdom.

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          Dave

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

          There are different flight options at the moment without need of visas or special permits. Turkey is open and can fly from Bangkok starting 12000 bht, Brasil is also open and no need visa or tests or quarantine, 30.000 bht to get there from here. (Most Latin America is open, many African countries are open and also some country in Asia). The only problem is coming back to Thailand in case you go out. By the way I agree with SG666, let the people do their vaccine and just whatch and see what’s gonna be the effects. There are at the moment more possibilities of getting sick by the vaccine than from the Covid19 virus itself, at least if you are a normal human beeing, If you are an overwheight heavy smoker than you should be worried but also without the covid….

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      The only ‘loser’, unfortunately, appears to be AstraZeneca whose share value went down because they announced (and their agreements confirm) that they’ll be making the vaccine available to developing countries at cost price in perpetuity, while Moderna and Pfizer’s share prices went up as they’ll only be doing so until they decide unilaterally that the pandemic is ‘over’, and they’re already selling their much more expense vaccines to the West at an inflated price.

      Ethics and profits seldom go together.

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      SG222

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      SG666 is too weak for a vaccine. I bet he finds it difficult to breathe through a mask as well ?

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        No vaccine

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:08 pm

        Good luck with your vaccine, please let us know how you are doing in a future.

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        SG666

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm

        Wearing a mask is inconvenient and looks shit. Furthermore there is no reason to wear one as the treat orchestrated by the corrupt WHO and other rogue organizations is exaggerated by mainstream media. So I do not dress one.

        And hey looks you are strong guy, so hurry up, get your ticket for the ques, get your shot. Good luck.

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          Nipral

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm

          Are you sure you dont look shit without a mask too ?

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    gosport

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:49 am

    If you can wait,wait for 3 more years. If can not,just take it.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    “Nation Thailand reports that the initial plan is to produce 26 million doses for 13 million Thais.”

    One of the big advantages of their finding out (as a result of a mistake!) that half an initial dose is more effective than a full dose is that you need 25% less doses, so the 26 million initial doses will actually be sufficient for 19.5 million rather than only 13 million.

    Thailand already has a well-tried and tested re-vaccination programme in place for tetanus jabs, which knocks spots off most similar programmes in the West, so paralleling that for Covid-19 vaccinations should keep Thailand well on track as a world leader in controlling the virus …

    … whether that’s by luck or judgement on the part of both AstraZeneca and Thailand is arguable, but at the end of the day (or the end of the pandemic) it’s the results that count.

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    J West

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    May I intrude on the vaccine hype. Read the documentation supplied by Pfizer etc., and the described vaccine is designed to prevent symptoms from developing while RNA antibodies are produced to limit the disease. In other words, the vaccine is 95% in limiting the symptoms rate of Covid , but does not prevent anyone from testing positive for Covid. Bottom line….you still get Covid, but might not die from it if your’re physically fit. This flies in the face of Thai government demand that all Covid must be stamped out before entry exemptions granted. The proposed vaccine doesn’t stop Covid from spreading….ergo…no tourism.

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      Peter

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Why are you arguing the pros and cons of the Pfizer vaccine when Thailand has stated they are going with the far less expensive Astrazeneca vaccine which doesn’t require -70 C storage, but is reportedly only 70% effective? I doubt if any of the vaccines, or even a vaccine itself is going to be the magic key to open up the boarders.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

        The “only 70% effective” was what they initially reported, but that has now been improved on considerably.

        The initial “70%” was based on average results in all test groups, but they then noticed that all bar one group had an average result of 62% (all between 60 and 65%), while one had 90%.

        On checking, they found that that particular test group had been given an initial vaccination with only half a dose by mistake, followed by the normal full dose a month later.

        They are now doing the next stage of tests using slight variations on that to determine which is the most effective dose.

        The “90%” is actually on a par with Pfizer’s and Moderna’s “95%” as AstraZeneca test groups had a considerably higher proportion of older / more vulnerable people who reacted better to the AZ vaccine than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s.

        Whether by luck or judgement, Thailand and AZ both seem to have got it very right.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:13 am

      That applies to the RNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer), not the Astra Zeneca vaccine which is Thailand’s vaccine of choice.

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    AI

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Odd thing is that logic dictates, right?

    Vaccines traditionally contain an amount of what it is meant to take on and reduce the chances of getting sick by it, right?

    Well, all considered, up to now, there is absolutely NO evidence at all of this amazing virus having been found. So, what exactly is being put into the so called “vaccine”?

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:10 am

      A final warning. We will tolerate all sort of opinions but we will delete blatant misstatements of facts. Saying there is ‘NO’ evidence of Covid-19 is misleading and mischievous grand-standing. When you make a statement like that, the onus of proof is on YOU. So if you make the sweeping claim again, you will be blocked.

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        SG666

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:18 am

        So where is the photograph of the isolated Covid 19 than please. I waiting for you publishing it.

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        AI

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:58 pm

        Ooooh, is that right? Well, why don’t you send off all of this vital information to Western Gov.s such as the Irish and Brits, whom have been repeatedly asked for proof! They never got back on any requests.
        Send your info off to them and help them out! I have posted items here regarding those facts.

        There’s also a multi-millionaire fella in Australia (Jamie McIntyre) who will gladly give you $ 1,000,000 if you can answer show him proof. Go for it….nobody has done yet.

        You wish to block me? Up to you sir/madame, am just stating facts anyone can find if it is so prevalent as the TV/media tells you it is.
        What do you have? Last time was some unknown uni. in China? And the whole world went into insanity? Total havoc in the world and all due to something which resembles a heavy bout of flu and something where 99.05-8 % of people are not affected (never mind “infected”) 😉

        Show everyone here a single photograph on this site of the virus. Not some colorful CGI image which oddly enough looks like a WW 2 sea mine. What do YOU have?

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

      All you need to do to find out “what exactly is being put into the so called “vaccine”” is a search and all will be revealed.

      … and ‘no’, while “vaccines traditionally contain an amount of what it is meant to take on and reduce the chances of getting sick by it, right?” this is the 21st century and the AstraZeneca vaccine is an altered adenovirus while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are based on new RNA technology, so far from “right?” it’s a clear ‘wrong’.

      None the wiser? Inevitably, but at least you may be marginally better informed.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Have you tried a simple search for ” photographs of Covid-19 ” ?

    If you do, you’ll find countless photos of the isolated virus readily, easily and instantly available from a wide variety of sources including the CDC, BMJ and AMP all listing their sources.

    Expecting to be spoon-fed by everyone from the Thaiger to governments and then crying ‘foul’ when they don’t jump to your every request is more than a little puerile (as well as boring in extremis).

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      SG666

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:52 am

      So than please let The Thaiger publish it. Or maybe you can provide a link.

      What I am asking for is a photograph from an isolatec covid 19 virus. No coloted 3d animaton, no photo of a virus connection to other cells. Simply a photograph from an isolated Covid 19 virus.

      As a master of wisdom and universial knowledge it schould be easy for you to provide a link. Google it. The link please. I am waiting.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

        I don’t know how to make this any simpler.

        Do a search for “photographs of covid 19”

        Click on any links you like to get a selection so that you can’t accuse me of cherry-picking.

        Alternatively, click on the first (at least in my search) which is from the CDC, then click on the first picture, and you get a “transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first US case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCov. The spherical particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots”.

        If doing that’s beyond you, maybe you could find a three year old to help you.

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          SG666

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm

          ok, so there we go Mr. brainiac. I know all this kind of pictures.

          I would like to see a picture – as stated before NO PHOTO OF A VIRUS CONNECTION TO OTHER CELLS – of an isolated virus WITHOUT any other content.

          To make it easy for you, something what is similar to pictures of Marburg or Ebola viruses for example. Try to find one.

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    Onkey

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    mRNA vaccines have never been successfully made for humans before THIS one. NEVER. A “vaccine” that has to go directly to your cells nucleid and temper with your DNA. For a disease that kills .05% of the elderly or people with comorbidities like diabetes or cancer…. Seriously ? You have failed your science classes and your history classes. It’s a coming mandated genocide. And yes, masks are useless as well. It’s about the great economic reset, destroying small businesses and enslaving the rest of us who will survive. Ever heard of Klauss Schwabb ? The world economic forum ? Event 201 ? Well good luck in the New World Order.

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