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

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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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    A

    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

      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

        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.

          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

          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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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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12 new Covid-19 cases in Thai quarantine

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12 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of confirmed cases is raised to 3,775 with 3,585 recoveries and 59 deaths. 131 are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus. Here’s a list of the cases identified in the past 24 hours…

  • 4 Thai people, ages 26, 30, 42 and 52, travelling from the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on October 23 and 24, testing positive 4 to 5 days after arrival. 3 of them were on the same flight as 4 other previously confirmed coronavirus cases.
  • A 32 year old Brazilian engineer travelling from the Philippines tested positive for Covid-19 while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok. He arrived on October 22 and tested positive 5 days later. He did not have symptoms.
  • A 34 year old Thai woman travelling from the United States and Taiwan tested positive for Covid-19 while at a quarantine facility in Chon Buri. She arrived on October 23 and tested positive 5 days later. She did not have symptoms.
  • 3 people travelling from India tested positive for Covid-19, including a woman who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus on September 28.
  • A 30 year old Myanmar woman tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on October 28 and tested positive the next day while quarantined at a Bangkok hospital for treatment unrelated to the coronavirus.
  • A 43 year old man travelling from Ethiopia tested positive for Covid-19 on October 28 upon arrival. He was quarantined at a Bangkok hospital for treatment unrelated to the coronavirus.
  • A 25 year old Thai student travelling from Jordan tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival on October 27 during a screening at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. He had symptoms of a runny nose.

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Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of October 29, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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PM to visit Phuket on Monday as island’s economy lies in tatters

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is to arrive in Phuket on Monday, where he will meet with local business leaders and discuss proposals for reviving the southern island’s devastated tourism sector. It’s understood a representative of Phuket’s Old Town area is to put forward an idea for promoting the historic centre as a tourist destination.

Since borders were closed in late March, in an effort to protect the country from the Covid-19 pandemic, Phuket’s tourist revenue has plummeted to practically zero, with countless businesses shuttered and thousands of jobs lost.

In addition to hearing suggestions from local operators on how to revive tourism on the island, the PM will also listen to requests for additional help from central government. The much-discussed Phuket Model never materialised, despite being seen at one point as the pilot project on which a wider re-opening of borders would be based.

While hotel occupancy in the province has increased from a pitiful 13.4% in June, September’s rates were still woefully low, at just 30%. This is despite a stimulus package introduced by the government in an effort to boost domestic tourism.

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Tests show Samui woman did not contract virus at quarantine hotel

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Tests carried out by the Disease Control Department show that the woman who tested positive for Covid-19 after being discharged from quarantine and travelling to Koh Samui, did not become infected at the quarantine facility. Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn says the results do not match those of 2 other guests who tested positive at the hotel in Samut Prakan, just outside Bangkok.

Tests show that the woman, who has dual Thai/French citizenship, contracted the infection 17 days earlier. However, Sopon says that while officials are still unsure as to where she became infected, the existing guidelines for quarantine facilities need to be reviewed.

“Though we haven’t found the source of her infection, we still have to revise our guidelines for alternative state quarantine sites and cut down the risk of spreading the virus.”

A national quarantine policy, currently at draft stage, sets out strict safety and hygiene standards for all quarantine facilities to adhere to. The guidelines cover everything from screening for suspected cases, data collection and reporting, as well as the provision of services and overall management of the venues. Health officials are also proposing cutting quarantine to 10 days and using movement tracing for an additional 4 days after guests are discharged.

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