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Thailand starts human trials of local Covid vaccine




Thailand is beginning human trials on its locally-developed Covid-19 vaccine, while setting its sights for a rollout of the vaccine next year. While the process seems sluggish compared to other vaccines, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the development would enable Thailand to be self-reliant as the country would not have to rely on vaccines from other nations.

“Production is expected to begin next year, with an estimated 25-30 million doses annually.”

The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation has developed a pilot NDV-HXP-S vaccine by teaming up with Mahidol University’s Tropical Medicine Department, the Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health, an American non-profit organisation, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. The vaccine consists of a inactivated virus to trigger immunity, using egg-based technology. So far, the GPO says trials have shown promising results.

“Even though we can produce vaccines in the country, it is from technology transfer and under management of the owners of the brands and technology. But today, if we are successful we can be self-reliant and determine our own direction.”

A total of 460 volunteers would be recruited for the human trials. They must be in good health and free of Covid-19. Volunteers will be screened and have their backgrounds checked and undergo health and blood checks.

Punnee Pitisuttithum, the head of the Vaccine Trial Centre at Mahidol University’s Tropical Medicine Department, said that the first human trial was conducted on 4 volunteers yeterday. Banchong Mahaisavariya, president of Mahidol University, said the first and second phases of human trials will test the safety of the vaccine and its ability to trigger immunity.

The GPO is aware of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations so the vaccine is also being developed to help with this situation, adding that the pilot vaccine showed it was effective against the South African strain.

Chulalongkorn University is also developing its own vaccine, which uses Messenger RNA technology with human trials expected to begin soon.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:29 am

    “Production is expected to begin next year, with an estimated 25-30 million doses annually.”

    Premature, to put it mildly, since the vaccine hasn’t even been tested on one person yet. ?

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:56 am

    This is not a Thai vaccine. This is an American vaccine that Thais are assisting in developing.
    All Thais can do is copy.
    Putting white coats on monkeys does not make them scientists.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    @ Isaan J: Why “Premature”? “The beggining of next year” is at the very earliest 10 months away… this is more time than the time needed to do all vaccines currently out there. I personally like people that question things as nothing is always black or white, shame your questioning is always going the wrong way for the sake of…well I do not know.

    @ Toby A: I find it amazing that you constantly criticise IJ for spending all his time commentating here, but everytime I look at the comments below articles, sure enough there is also one or more from you too. At least IJ has convictions (all of them being the opposite of mine, that goes without saying), but your comments are just basic racist and hateful ones – not sure why anyone would want to spend so much time of his life doing that??? Apart from being racist and hateful, it is becoming VERY boring. And you should be careful when criticising Thai scientists when in your country live and act some of the most corrupted ones in the world, some even “advising” your government from the start of this “pandemic” – great results, hey?? The UK got one of the worse death rate in the world!! And some of these scientists have approved and recommanded to treat British patients with Remdesivir when non-corrupted / independant scientists all over the world kept saying that it was: 1- not working. 2- is toxic. But it was EXTREMELY expensive. Yes “mate”, some of your scientists are even more corrupted than the Thais you keep insulting comment after comment. Got plenty more examples like that if you wish…

    One question Toby A: in Cambodia, do you wear the typical colonial hat on your empty head, a wooden stick in your hand, in a mansion surrounded by 15 maids serving like slaves your constant abject tantrums?? I cannot help to picture you that way…

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    “This is not a Thai vaccine. This is an American vaccine that Thais are assisting in developing.”

    Are you sure, Toby?

    According to the US websites it’s a dated vaccine from 70 years ago produced in Thailand to prevent avian flu that the “Thais” think may also somehow prevent Corona virus.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    “@ Isaan J: Why “Premature”?”

    Bizarre question.

    It’s “premature” by definition.

    It’s not yet known whether the vaccine, which is for avian flu, has any effect on the Corona virus, so it doesn’t matter if production could be up and running next week, next month, next year, next decade, or next century –

    – it’s “premature” because there’s no reason to “expect” production to begin next year when nobody knows if the vaccine works and no-one involved has any history of vaccine production.

    It’s “premature” by basic definition – maybe you just have no idea what the word means.

    You don’t seem to understand what “questioning” means either, since I’m not “questioning” anything here, and, comparatively, I seldom do.


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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Like molecules decades old in order to treat patients, that according to many trials of all sorts all over the world and seem to make a difference by treating sick people, why not exploring that way? Apart from not being profitable for big pharma and the oligarchs, it could, why not, be good for humanity. Sick people need to be treated!

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Well you were saying the same some time ago… it was normal then from Pfizer etc… now it is premature for this one… you were confident it was good so not premature. Now I was not insulting your intelligence, don’t do that to me now with the questioning. You are questioning the ability of that vaccine to happen as described in the article, not even sure who you are trying to fool here. Saying the second paragraph is questioning, not sure how you thing it is not, I thought for a minute there could be some intelligent communication here, forgot for a minute that it cannot be, sufficient nonsense that you are. Have a good night.

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:09 am

    As I have said before I do not believe the number of deaths reported in Thailand, as it does not follow logic.

    Thais can party, go to clubs, bars, restaurants, visit in large groups at shopping centres, when this is allowed in the West an exponential growth in the number of death occurs, but for some strange reason the Thai population seems to be mostly immune to the virus.

    The reported claimed ‘success’ in Thailand is based on the early lockdown at airports but most growth in the spread of the virus is from the domestic population.

    That leads me not to believe anything related to the virus in Thailand especially the ability for Thailand to develops its own vaccine.

    Yes the reply will be there were many deaths in the UK, but we were honest and straightforward with our reporting as we actually have means of testing people and an open media.

    Now with around 600,000 vaccination per day we almost have the virus under control.

    Just stick your heads in the sand and it will eventually go away it seems is the Thai policy.

    But it is still a great place for long holidays or it will be in a year or two’s time once the virus has been defeated.

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