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Thailand to get China’s Sinovac Biotech Covid-19 vaccine next month

Caitlin Ashworth



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In the midst of a new wave of Covid-19 infections, Thailand will get 2 million vaccine doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech. The first batch of 200,000 doses will arrive next month, according to the Public Health Ministry. Another 800,000 doses will arrive in March and the last order of 1 million doses will arrive in April.

Since the outbreak last month at a Samut Sakhon seafood market, Thailand health officials have been racing to curb the spread of the virus. Thailand’s first wave of infections peaked at 1,451 active cases back in April when strict lockdown measures and travel restrictions were in place nationwide. The country now has 4,022 active Covid-19 cases.

The Thai company Siam Bioscience is in the process of producing AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine which was developed in partnership with Oxford University. That vaccine is planned to be available to the public in May. The Thai government set a goal to vaccinate half of the population, around 33 million people, by the end of the year.

A private hospital in Bangkok was recently told to remove advertising to pre-order Covid-19 vaccines from the US biotech firm Moderna. The vaccine has been approved by food and drug authorities in Canada and the US, but the vaccine still needs advertising from Thailand’s FDA.

Thailand to get China's Sinovac Biotech Covid-19 vaccine next month | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of January 3, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Bloomberg


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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Great news. The sooner the better. 200 million jabs are enough for high risk employees and cut in line locals.

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Only a fool would take an vaccine developed without thorough and transparent testing by a totalitarian regime with a consistent record of hiding things. The only vaccine worth considering at the moment is the Oxford-Astrazeneca one, because you know there’s no hidden costs or surprises…
      Nobody needs the CCP’s loan shark diplomacy or it’s COVID confusionism, if you want to stay safe, go west.

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        Issan John

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

        Agreed 100%, Preesy, for once. Spot on.

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        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        Go west? where is THE west? I prefer staying in Thailand with my papaya salad cart. No body gets Oxford vaccine in UK, they fly to Thailand to get vaccinated. A whole poor family. It is not they can not afford, it is they don’t know the hidden implications and they are not powerful to cut in the line. If you want stay alive, go Thailand.

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          Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:12 pm

          Gosport… What?

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:03 pm

        Damn right…!!! F China

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Good, wise move.

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    The UK started vaccinating with the AstraZeneca vaccine this morning.
    They are hoping to vaccinate 2 million per week.
    Compare this to the third world banana republic military dictatorship that our expat failures live in.
    2 million by April. Pathetic.
    The losers are beginning to get nervous that big bad covid is out and about.
    Thai’s first in line, dirty farang second no much money you have or have not as the case seems to be here.

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      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      I would not use HOPE. I would say UK is dreaming to vaccinate 2 million Bristons in two weeks who are flying out to Thailand to get humane treatment.

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        preesy chepuce

        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:35 pm

        What are you babbling on about, wumao? There aren’t 2M “Bristons” travelling to Thailand; what “humane treatment” are you talking about?
        Why are you called “gosport” when you’ve never been to Britain?

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      The UK was “planning” on doing 10,000,000 Covid tests a day by now.

      Instead, they’re barely managing 300,000 including lateral flow tests which are worse than useless.

      The UK was “planning” on a “world beating” track ‘n’ trace system.

      Instead they have systems that are are either unworkable or useless.

      The UK was “planning” on following the manufacturers’ recommendations for the vaccines they’ve bought as a condition of granting approval.

      Instead they’re allowing a gap of up to 12 weeks between vaccinations which is untested although the manufacturers recommend only 3 – 4 weeks, and they’re allowing mix ‘n’ match which is again untested and again against the manufacturers’ repeated recommendations.

      That’s what the UK was “planning” for.

      … and you’re talking in glowing terms about what the UK is “hoping” for?

      I’m a Brit, but at least I have the honesty to be ashamed of how the British government and far too many British people in the UK have handled the Covid crisis.

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        Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:20 pm

        Your an embarrassment John. A liar, idiot, failure and peddling more garbage as facts.
        300,000 to 400,000 tests a day in the UK.
        What is Thailand testing?
        UK has vaccinated over 1 million people. France has vaccinated about 600.
        The UK has vaccinated more than the whole of Europe put together.
        Whose not for profit vaccine will end this global pandemic?
        AstraZeneca/Oxford that’s who and guess what. It’s British.
        India has manufactured 50 million doses already and a national roll out is beginning.
        What did Thailand do? Spend money on going to the moon and submarines.
        Just because you can’t show your face in your country of birth and have no contact with your family and friends, don’t plaster falsehoods and bitterness all over the internet.
        The UK will be vaccinated by the time Thailand gets its first dose to the masses.
        I’ve told you before John, don’t answer me back, now get back to your tin roof sh1t shack with your flea ridden dogs and keep hiding from your past.
        Don’t mention the UK and Thailand in the same sentence.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:56 am

          Sorry (I’m not really), but my “facts” are all easily verifiable as “facts” –
          unlike yours, which are equally verifiable as “garbage”.

          Thailand isn’t doing mass testing and has never made mass testing a core aim because it’s an impossibility, so the number it’s tested is moot.

          The UK has made it a core aim, though, and it’s failed dismally.

          … and while Astra Zeneca’s doing a great job it’s a bit sad when a country has to seize on one lone company to try to make up for its mass failures … particularly when Astra Zeneca isn’t actually “British” but a British-Swedish multi-national.

          … and Thailand hasn’t actually spent any money on “going to the moon and submarines” …

          … and FWIW, I have no problem with going back to my “country of birth” which is still paying me every month as it has done for the last 45 years, even though I stopped working for it nearly 28 years ago. I stopped going back, though, when the last of my “family and friends” there died, which made it a little difficult to have much “contact” with them.

          Maybe if you stopped the fantasies about others and tried to comment on the topic you’d say something useful … or maybe not.

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Sinovac has been tested in Brazil by 13000 persons and the effectiveness has been classified between 50 to 90 percent. 50 percent ?? What is the point buy and use such a vaccine ?

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Is anyone in the developed world buying CCP vaccines? No? I wonder why…

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Why support the government which has tried their best to cover up the china virus to the rest of the World?

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    A seriously bad, bad, bad, bad, bad move.

    This will go first to hospital staff, and none of those I’ve spoken to want anything to do with it – they don’t want to administer it, and they definitely don’t want to be vaccinated with it.

    The general view is that they’ll flush the vaccine down the toilet and wait for the Astra Zeneca vaccine, if necessary buying it themselves. They were laughing about it, but I don’t think they were joking.

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    In other news, water is wet. Everyone knew this purchase was the Chinese vaccine the moment Thailand refused to tell who they bought it from. The Chinese have a long history of bad vaccines, most the issue is lack of quality control in production. Needless to say the fact the Chinese bought a couple of million doses of western vaccine for its own officials says everything you need to know. Like John said bad move.

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Issan john you are so disrespectful to the uk and you say you are British ,well the fact is that the UK has developed the vaccine and it’s gonna save your Butt but hey you keep on knocking the land that made you you’ve been away to long you have forgotten your roots so so sad a man you are England is not perfect far from it but it is a beacon to the world always has been and always will I won’t knock issan because I lived thier with my girlfriend it’s actually an amazing place just seems the whiskey rice has got to your head and senses
    Long live the Queen

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I believe its the 1st time I agree with the local fruity – Isaan John. The UK has not developed any vaccine nor is it a beacon to the World. You have obviously been indoctrinated to believe the UK rules the World etc etc, however, suggest you get your facts straight.

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    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I wish the UK was planning on revoking your passport but alas it lets anybody in these days even it’s own who knock it on a daily basis but you’ll be ok once you get your jab lol

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Actually “the UK” hasn’t “developed the vaccine”, but a British-Swedish multi-national has, along with a multi-national research team which has joined up with the Gamaleya Research Centre in Russia.

    Hardly the same thing.

    That you and others have to try to make capital out of this shows just how low the British government and a fair proportion of the populace (but far from all) have sunk – not so much in my view, but in yours.

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:37 am

      what the fluck are you talking about. It has been developed by OXFORD research dept (you know the oldest university in the world) and is being distributed by AZ (which is a company that merged several businesses under one group) headquartered in Cambridge UK. The fact is the UK has been the first country to vaccinate with approved vaccines such as Pfizer and now AstraZeneca and at least its doing the best to get us all out of this mess. You should be more grateful to the country you automatically swear allegiance to in holding your HMPO passport even if you enjoying living it up in Thailand up north.

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Kim I think you must be on the whiskey rice with straw hat John the UK leads the world not always on the right rd but we are proud of our country what country are you and thanks oneofmany even issan straw hat John mentions British in his post does he not read what he writes but he does write so much crap crazy man

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Ian, you are the one who should stay off the WKD blue. I’m from Norway and proud of it and don’t pretend our country leads the world and I’m quite sure the UK does not. I agree John comments a lot of bull, however, Astra Zeneca is not solely British and Oxford is not the oldest university in the world. If people wants to pretend to be intellectual at least try and get the facts right.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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