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Thailand looking to speed up Covid-19 vaccination timeline

Maya Taylor



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Amid a new surge in Covid-19 cases, Thai officials are planning to increase the number of vaccines available and speed up the timeline for administration. Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has confirmed the plan, following complaints from the country’s tourism industry when an initial statement said vaccination might not begin until as late as June.

Things have changed since then, as the Kingdom finds itself in the grip of a resurgence of Covid-19, having gone several months with only a few local transmissions reported.

The earlier date for the start of vaccination in Thailand would have meant no relaxation of entry requirements until at least the third or last quarter of 2021. Furthermore, with no confirmation yet that being vaccinated prevents someone from transmitting the virus, the Thai government has said even vaccinated tourists will be required to undergo mandatory 14 day quarantine for now.

Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who is currently self-isolating after coming into contact with the infected governor of Samut Sakhon province, says Thailand now expects to take delivery of 2 million doses of a Covid vaccine potentially as early as February.

Anutin has not confirmed which vaccine it is. Thailand has also signed a deal with AstraZeneca to buy another 26 million doses of its vaccine, produced in partnership with Oxford University in the UK. This means Thailand has now committed to purchasing 52 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab.

Anutin says medical workers and village health volunteers will be first in line for the first 2 million doses, and the country hopes to have vaccinated at least half the population this year. Priority will be given to high-risk individuals. Taweesin says Thailand will also produce its own version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, having signed a technology-transfer agreement with the pharmaceutical giant. Private hospitals in the Kingdom will also be given permission to buy their own vaccine supplies, provided the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of Thailand.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:00 am

    That’s some good news!

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:54 am

      Agreed that is good news. The quicker they vaccinated the Thai population they sooner they open the country back up and the sooner people can get back to work. Still don’t really expect the welcome mat to be thrown out until the 3rd quarter at the earliest. Wonder if that first batch is from China since they seem to not want to say. Oh well hopefully it goes well for them.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:38 pm

        Good news indeed, but I’m far from sure it’s so “good” for those in line for the first batch if it’s from China.

        If I were one of the “medical workers and village health volunteers … first in line for the first 2 million doses” I’d be desperately trying to get lower down the queue to get in line for an Astra Zeneca / Siam Bio Science jab instead. 🙂

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I wonder what form the discrimination against ‘farang’ residents will take this time… No vaccine for farang? Available but only after every last Thai has had it? Available but dependent on multiple conditions? Available but at considerable cost…

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      “Private hospitals in the Kingdom will also be given permission to buy their own vaccine supplies, provided the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of Thailand.”

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      I say count your blessings and be happy that you may not have access to these experimental vaccines. I would not take it if they paid ME.

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      Yes and the real slap in the face is the drug was developed in dirty farrang country and Thailand has just jumped on the back of the Uk Who kindly gave them the goahead to make the vaccine there No reserch costs or anything. Lucky Thailand.

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      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:09 am

      The vaccine shouldn’t be distributed to any person that:

      1) Called it a hoax
      2) Minimized it as the flu
      3) Advocated letting the body’s immune system do the job
      4) Suggested opening up Thailand to all comers and take that risk
      5) Forward conspiracy theories that the vaccine is a government/pharma plot
      6) Declared they would never take the vaccine

      Did I leave anyone out?

      If you fall into any of these categories then either get to the back of the line or get out of the way. Expats are guests of Thailand and are not Thai citizens and will not have a right to free vaccine same as not having the right to free health care. This is part of living in a foreign country. You’re lucky if private hospitals offer it to you and should stop wining about the cost if you want it. It’s cheaper than flying back to the UK or America.

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        Toby Andrews

        Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

        No, you included me. open Thailand and take the risk.
        However you write expats have no right to a free vaccine. The vaccine is coming from the West. It was developed in the West. so why should westerners not have it free or the same price at Thais.
        This is like charging expats three times the price to see Riply’s Believe it Or Not.
        This came from the West. Plus Madam Tussards.
        Of course the Thais will not give the vaccine to the expats. What do they ever give to the expats? They are just greedy grubbing peasants who the foreigners gave a better life. However being grateful and giving something back is not in a Thai’s nature.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Can’t come soon enough along with confirmation that once vaccinated one cannot transmit which will only become clear once mass vaccinations in place, if we don’t get borders open my mid year next high season will be in trouble

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      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      I would like to see some confirmation, besides the very unreliable PCR test, that there is transmission happening right now. Of course I’m sure my good friend Isaan John will come to the rescue and set me straight with another mainstream news article from Reuters or some other dishonest propaganda outlet.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:48 pm

        Done, at length, under the “COVID-19 UPDATE: 279 new Covid infections, 2 new deaths” article.

        Feel free to check things out for yourself in the field hospitals at Samut Sakhon; I’m sure they’ll make you welcome.

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          Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:27 pm

          Thanks john, you never fail to provide amusement. Providing another mainstream piece as proof – from a site that has been pushing the virus narrative since day 1 and which would not dare to print anything but the official line – is hardly convincing. I might suggest though that you improve your reading comprehension skills, as I said I would like to see proof of confirmation besides the results of the unreliable PCR test, which that report is based on.

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            Issan John

            Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm

            What “mainstream piece”???

            It’s all too evidently your own “reading comprehension skills” that need working on, as I said I’d done so “UNDER the article, explaining why your repeated claim that the PCR tests are “unreliable” as they may be subject to too many cycles is beyond absurd – not implausible but impossible.

            … and FWIW, I’ve also suggested where you can go “to see proof of confirmation” at first hand.

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            Issan John

            Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:17 pm

            … and what “proof”, exactly, would you accept?

            You insisted there were no photographs of the isolated virus so it couldn’t exist, then when I gave you two from the CDC that came up with a simple search for “coronavirus photograph” you rejected them because the CDC were an “interested party” and they’d labelled them “an isolate” instead of “isolated”.

            I then gave you around fifty more photos, all from the first page of the same search for “coronavirus photograph”, from the on-line journal Nature, from News 18, and from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and apparently they weren’t acceptable either.

            First-hand “proof” appears to be all you’re willing to accept, whatever you’re given.

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            Stephen Westrip

            Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:02 pm

            Rick – the ‘virus narrative’!! You COVID denial fools are truly the lowest of the low. If you truly think that all Governments around the world conspired to have this happen, ruin their economies and use most of the capacity of their national health services then you all need serious help and a lot more medication!

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:53 am

    “Private hospitals in the Kingdom will also be given permission to buy their own vaccine supplies.”.Lucky for now and maybe in the near future this will not happen as all Covid -19 business is strictly between Big Pharma and governments.And no pandemic last more than 2 years.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      If Siam Bioscience are to produce the Astra Zeneca vaccine, as they are, and the Thai government gives permission, as you’ve just quoted them saying they will, then it very clearly WILL happen.

      Interested to know the source for your claim that “no pandemic last more than 2 years”.

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        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

        Thanks John – you continue to amuse. Can you please explain how the PCR being unreliable by running too many cycles is implausible and impossible? Do you know how many cycles are being run in Thailand? Are you aware that it has been reported that in England and other places that the number of cycles being run was as high as 45? And how would you explain Dr. Anthony Fauci stating in a video interview that running the PCR at anything over 35 cycles would give an invalid result? I would provide the link if I was allowed but I am sure someone of your expertise will be able to find it.

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I would urge people to take a closer look at the live vaccinating broadcast that have been going up from the BBC and the UMC event.. Clearly empty syringes and retracting needles live on broadcast on multiple stations while the Dr’s and nurses clapping and cheering in the background but have been caught by viewers and even the KTSM reporter couldn’t denie it was a mistake haha.

    I’m all for good vaccines but this is very shady and ridiculous

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      Gio Traveller

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Lol sure and they didn’t land on the moon either. Conspiracy much?

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11:48 am

    you already start to silence people thaiger? 2 messages related to real live broadcast by the mainstream media is what I referred to in my previous post. KTMC event and BBC broadcast were they clearly use a empty syringe and a detractable needle, so clearly and bluntly that an investigation has been opened and the news station couldn’t ignore it and had to be honest about it.. If you start selective sensoring real stories like shame on you big time

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    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    The actual date of delivery was apparently Feb to April. Quite a difference.
    2 million doses won’t even scratch the surface after key workers get the vaccine.
    The West has had a really slow start and they had ordered and paid for different vaccines months ago.
    The new highly contagious strains have now reached the Far East, so sooner or later Thailand is going to get hit.
    Talk of opening Thailand in Q3 is nonsense, 2021 will be no different than 2020.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Agreed 100%, apart from the last line, Peter.

    The big difference is both the vaccine and the roll out system. In the West, so far, they’ve only been using the two mRNA vaccines which were always going to be slow and difficult to distribute – the US has so far barely vaccinated a tenth of the numbers it planned on (2 mill by year end rather than 20 mill), and at that rate it would take well over five years to vaccinate everyone, and the UK has had similar problems despite offering GPs a ten pound per jab bonus.

    Thailand, though, will be using a “traditional” vaccine which can be easily transported and distributed, and administered through the well established system of sub-district clinics and district hospitals in the same way they administer other vaccines such as tetanus – a system ideally suited for the purpose, rather than the more “modern” centralised systems the West has changed to.

    I also doubt there’ll be the same anti-vax sentiment as in the West, where in a number of countries only 40% of the population have indicated a willingness to be vaccinated – that level of stupidity doesn’t exist here.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    If it was up to me I would give Thailand no vaccine. After the way they have treated the Brits they deserve nothing but contempt and no vaccine.
    Let them get the vaccine for their big fiends the Chinese.

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    James R

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Our Oxford vaccine has been released and is being used already, production will ramp up day by day and by the middle of January two million people every week will be vaccinated.

    So farangs, check which of your age groups will be vaccinated next and then hop on a plane and come to England to get your vaccination for free as I would not trust the ‘muck’ dished out in Thailand, it might not be the real thing.

    Yet another reason for me to be proud of my university.

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 5:50 am

    Issan john you so contradictng yourself you say that UK USA will take 5 yrs at this rate and we have 100 million doses you say Thailand has 2 million that will supposedly come in February I believe that not so the 2 million doses will sort out the whole country of 60 to 70 million can you tell me how many years it will take to vaccinate Thailand in thier first class small clinics as they still need at least another 58 million doses I’m so ashamed that you are British please don’t say your a yorkshire man that would break me as we could never spout the crap you do.

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Message for Ben do you not realise it’s the farang that have found the cure so a farang should be given the vaccine along with his Thai brothers and sisters but it is Thailand land of scam so i believe you will be charged gotta get every last penny outa the foriegner so a couple of choices wait in line upto 5 yrs lol or go back to your country to get the jab if your old maybe you’ll never see the jab you’ll have passed away with covid or old age before they get to you if foriegners are the last to get it

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