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Thailand to make AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, hoped to be available by mid-2021

Caitlin Ashworth

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The experimental Covid-19 vaccine by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is planned to be manufactured and supplied in Thailand. If the vaccine is successful, it will be available to the Thai population by mid-2021. A Covid-19 vaccine is seen as a lifeline to save Thailand’s crippled tourism dependant economy as many have said borders will not fully reopen until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

AstraZeneca is working with Oxford University in the United Kingdom to make the vaccine globally available, the British Embassy in Bangkok said in a news release. Siam Bioscience will manufacture the vaccine in Thailand.

“Covid-19 is an unprecedented global threat. No one is safe until we are all safe.”

Thailand could be the first country in Southeast Asia to successfully manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine. The goal is to have the first round of vaccines ready by the middle of next year, according to chairperson of Siam Bioscience, Satitpong Sukvimol.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the government supports the distribution to neighbouring countries once the vaccine is ready.

The news release did not specify the costs involved with the vaccine, but back in July, the Thai government announced it was setting aside 600 million baht to purchase supplies for the Oxford vaccine.

AstraZeneca paused the Covid-19 vaccine trails last month after a participant fell ill. The company says the decision was a voluntary and standard procedure.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | British Embassy Bangkok

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    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:46 am

    There is Russian vaccine ready to use. What`s the point to wait?

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      That vaccine has not been fully tested and is still going through Phase 3 trials.

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        Mike Frenchie

        Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm

        Risk return is positive even without phase 3… they would be better off signing the Russian vaccine now than waiting for 8 months! Mid 2021, most of their tourism industry will be history! In any case, viruses have never been fully eradicated by vaccine… best case scenario is 50-70% effectiveness (data from Dr. Faucci – CDC).

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          Edy F.

          Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:00 am

          It’s a catastrophic announcement. These people are only interested by money and want to use Thai people as laboratory guinea pigs. The same horror that Bill Gates is making every time in Africa !
          Help !

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          Issan John

          Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm

          “..best case scenario is 50-70% effectiveness (data from Dr. Faucci – CDC).”

          That’s not what he said, nor is it remotely true.

          Effectiveness of vaccines vary, but they can be as high as 98-99% – polio and measles are obvious ones that spring to mind.

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    “Covid-19 is an unprecedented global threat. No one is safe until we are all safe.”

    Only because the powers that are choose to treat it like a very dangerous virus while objectively it should be in the same category as Influenza.

    One of the few more objective comparisons:
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu
    Which obviously gets zero attention in media or politics.

    Its just obvious that the flu is widely underrated and gets no constant spotlight and negative attention while covid is chosen to be overrated and has constant negative media stories (propaganda?).

    Madness 2020 it is. When will it end?

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      … but your “objective comparison” DOESN’T say that Covid-19 “should be in the same category as influenza”.

      What it ACTUALLY says is that:

      “Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be substantially higher (possibly 10 times or more) than that of most strains of the flu.”

      … and that’s without considering that the transmission rate (r) is around three times higher, or that since some 80% of those with Covid-19 are asymptomatic they’ll be happily and unknowingly out spreading the virus while with flu they’ll be symptomatic and off work and at home.

      It’s one thing to claim that someone said something they didn’t, but giving a link to something that actually says the complete opposite to what you say it does is taking it to a whole new level!

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    travis diggins

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Maybe they know something we don’t recently the UK media has been saying end of year, but then yesterday they said “maybe”. Then bear in mind this vaccine is being distributed by age group in the UK. Unless i guess you go private. Might take 6 months or more knowing our decrepit system to get everyone.

    Sadly in the media there are a hundred different opinions which are all quoted.

    My advice don’t listen to any of them. When its out, its out. But if the world sits there waiting for a vaccine which is clearly a narrative being promoted by big pharma all over the world and by the WHO.

    Where would we all be in one year without an actual vaccine. The exact same place we are now.

    Which isn’t anywhere.

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      James

      Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:42 am

      travis

      Some reports in the UK have been saying it will be six months more, some as you mentioned have said it will be ready by Christmas.

      It is all guesswork and speculation by the media as no one knows how long the tests will take.

      But I have more confidence in the Oxford University vaccine probably because I am biased as it was the university I studied at.

      But Oxford does seem to be ahead of most of the other 200+ groups trying to develop a vaccine.

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    Paul D McCarty

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    There is a 1st class POS. He is not too far behind no.10 in this respect.

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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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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

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The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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While Bangkok remains the epicentre of the latest wave of Covid-19, with more than 28,000 coronavirus cases in the capital since April 1, Thailand’s public health minister says there’s no need to impose a lockdown. Restrictions are already tight in Bangkok, which is classified as a “dark red” zone under maximum control to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Covid UPDATE: 2,473 new infections and 35 deaths, provincial totals

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2,473 new Covid-19 cases and 35 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. The majority of the new cases are local transmissions, primarily in Bangkok. 680 of the new cases were detected in prisons.

Thailand now has 42,988 active Covid-19 cases, a record high for the country. Out of those cases, more than 10,000 are linked to outbreaks at prisons. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 113,555 Covid-19 infections.

35 deaths involving Covid-19 patients were reported today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 649. Most of the new fatalities were reported in Bangkok.

Bangkok remains the epicentre in the latest wave of infections. The capital reported 873, raising the total since April 1 to 28,658.

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Bangkok 873 28,658
Nonthaburi 155 4,757
Samut Prakan 121 4,329
Pathum Thani 117 2,467
Samut Sakhon 63 1,930
Phetchaburi 43 645
Chon Buri 33 3,768
Nakhon Si Thammarat 30 757
Songkhla 29 1,041
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 28 936

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