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Thailand to start Covid-19 vaccinations in May 2021

Caitlin Ashworth



A possible end to the pandemic is in sight. Thailand will start Covid-19 vaccinations in May 2021, according to the Department of Disease Control. The department released a plan on administering the vaccine produced by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Thailand recently signed a 6 billion baht deal to buy 26 million doses of the vaccine which would be enough to vaccinate 13 million people. The company Siam Bioscience lined up to receive technology developed by Oxford University to produce the vaccine in Thailand. Siam Bioscience has the capacity to produce 180 million to 200 million doses per year, enough to distribute throughout Southeast Asia.

Vaccination centres are planned to be set up in more than 10,000 sub districts which will prevent overcrowding at hospitals. Medical staff, young children, elderly people and vulnerable groups will be first in line for the injections. The vaccinations will be free of charge at government facilities while private hospitals can purchase their own supply, according to DDC director-general Opas Karnkawinpong.

Opas says the vaccine will go through safety and quality checks by the Thai Food and Drug Administration as well as the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Sciences before it’s administered.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Sounds eminently sensible.

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    What about for foreigners, can they get it for free at the designated government places?

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      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      I am sure you are new for the price setting mechanism. If local pays 10, you would have to put 2000 in your pocket just in case.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm

        I pay exactly the same as Thais who don’t have a yellow card at government hospitals.

        EXACTLY THE SAME, whether it’s for doctors’, medical, or pharmacy fees.

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          xavier redo

          Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8:34 am

          that’s true. Not choosing those fancy International Hospitals (is more marketing than nothing), there is a good health system for small things and at the same price as the Thai citizens. The difference might come if you choose imported meds rather than those produced locally.

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          Monday, December 14, 2020 at 10:20 pm

          Excuse me what is this yellow card you’re talking about and how do I get one, I’ve never heard of this and I’ve lived here 13 years? Everyone should get this vaccine for free no matter your nationality or citizenship status for the good of the whole.

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      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      You wish. They will make sure that farangs will pay premium for

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      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      probably will be charged an enormous fee

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      Malc Thai

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:47 pm

      Think that is a no by looking at private hospitals can purchase their own supply

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      Jack Sombra

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Considering they only bought enough for 13 million, in a country with 69 million…what do you think?

      Prepare to pony up, or even travel aboard if you want to get vaccinated

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        Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

        What do the rest of the population do?
        Hope for the best?
        Available privately will mean large quantities will be syphoned off for profit making.
        Amazing corrupt, greedy, Thailand.

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          Preesy Chepuce

          Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

          Bear in mind that there about 9,000,000,000 people on the planet, and there’s only so many doses you can manufacture and distribute, with most governments bidding hard for the most they can get. Part of this will be pharma rationing it out like dinner ladies.

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          Issan John

          Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm

          They’re not being “syphoned off”, but being sold by AstraZeneca for a profit which is perfectly reasonable – particularly as they’re selling to developing countries at cost in perpetuity, unlike Moderna or Pfizer / BioNTech.

          What’s “amazing” is the absolute rubbish you talk.

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            Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:06 pm

            Astra Zeneca are not profit making for the duration of this pandemic you idiot John.
            I have told you before, don’t reply to my posts unless you can get your facts right.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Whether a foreigner qualifies or not because of age, medical conditions, etc, may be a factor but TBH since the AstraZeneca vaccine is cheap ($3 a shot + costs, so less than a flu jab), and will be available at international hospitals I’d feel a bit guilty about trying to get a free jab with the limited supply.

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:39 pm


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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I live in Thailand – non o and Thai wife

    As far as a vaccine is concerned – is this feasible – I am due to go to U.K. end of April and return mid June – whilst in the U.K. I will have a two dose vaccine – yes I qualify

    Would this allow me to return to Thailand and not quarantine but produce evidence of a vaccine injection ?

    Yes I know I am ahead of myself but would this allow tourists in ?

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      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:23 am

      This is what many of us want to know. It will take years of monitoring to know if those vaccinated don’t pass on the virus.
      I would think Thailand will keep quarantine in place until their population is vaccinated.
      UK vaccination will make no difference to this.
      If i was you, i would be very careful about leaving Thailand. You might not get back.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm

        It won’t take “years of monitoring” as it can be established simply by testing , but Pfizer and Moderna don’t know for sure as they didn’t test all those in their trials but only those who were symptomatic.

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      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:12 am

      Patrick, your question is : “do the Thais trust something that has not been made in Thailand?”.
      I’m pretty sure you already have your answer.

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      Peter N

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Non of the current vaccines are 100% effective so why would the Thai government consider allowing you in? I don’t expect the vaccine to open up the boarders to quarantine free travel in the foreseeable future without a huge improvement of the current technology. There are just too many unknowns at the moment to make an accurate risk assessment.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      I would hope not, as statements from Pfizer / BioNTech (the only vaccine approved in the UK so far) and Moderna suggest very clearly that the mRNA vaccines do NOT prevent transmission at all but simply make 90 – 95% of those vaccinated asymptomatic if they catch Covid-19, so as far as everyone else is concerned you’re no different to the 80% who are asymptomatic but contagious.

      The ‘traditional’ vaccines, on the other hand, like AstraZeneca’s, apparently DO stop you being contagious, so it may depend on what vaccine you have – emphasis on ‘MAY’.

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    Jack Sombra

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    So 6 months behind the first (UK) and 5 months behind most of the rest of modern world.

    Anutin’s incompetence strikes again.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Why “incompetence”?

      That’s for a vaccination in Thailand that by then will have been trialled extensively with reasonably known results, and that can be administered easily and effectively across the country first to the most vulnerable quarter of the population then to the remainder.

      Meanwhile the UK has bought a vaccine that hasn’t been specifically tested on those who need it most, but with efficacy that the manufacturers admit “tapers off” in that group, which they still can’t administer to anyone outside a main hospital due to the logistic issues, in a desperate attempt by the politicians to try to salvage something and look good after the appalling job they’ve done handling the Covid crisis (and pretty much everything else).

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    A bogus vaccine for a non-existent virus. You would have to be crazy to take it.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      I’m curious, why do you think this vaccine is bogus, and not any other?
      Do you object to all vaccines? How about inoculations for rabies or things like that?
      Do you think HIV was manufactured in a lab too? Just curious.
      It’s certainly true that last year scientists developed injectable nanorobots, but they haven’t reached the point where they can mass produce them reliably, and get them to interface with neurons to reprogramme them and create an Orwellian dystopia – they are out of sync with this event.

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        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 6:50 am

        About your remark on HIV, you may refer to this article from 1994, It’s still debated.

        Vaccines had helped milions of people around the world but that doesn’t mean that they are totally safe. Scientific research takes time, it doesn’t happen straight forward.

        For elderly people (70-80+) it may be worth consideration a vaccination for Covid-19 even at this early stages, still keeping in mind that a vaccine is a stress for the body so better to do it when in shape. Foy the younger population, in general if you are fit, in my opinion it is not worth to be vaccinated at least for couple of years, possibilities of develop serious symptoms or to die are quite low, around 1 in 1000 infected young people. Let the Thais enjoy their vaccines when they will produce it and just keep watching, like my Grandpa used to say, this is time to stare from the window, not to go down.

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        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

        I’m curious to know how two short and precise sentences can lead to so much extrapolation and mis-direction. I didn’t say anything about other vaccines, HIV or rabies. This vaccine is bogus because it is supposed to provide immunity for a “virus’ That has not yet been scientifically proven to exist and for which there is no accurate test. I have made the statement before that this “virus” has never been purified or isolated and have been told by the Thaiger, among others, that it has. But when I ask for proof of claim they cannot provide any. If it has been done it will have been photographed with an electron microscope and the photos should be ready available but no one can produce any photos of isolated “Covid-19”. Why is that? If it has been proven then please show the evidence. Similarly the RT-PCR test has been shown to be wildly inaccurate, even if one does believe there is a virus. I have made the point several times that this test has never been measured against a gold standard which means that its accuracy is unknown but no one will address this. Why not? Why are there now thousands of qualified MD’s and PHD’s around the world saying exactly what I am saying but yet they get censored, banned and even fired for giving their professional opinions? Our freedoms are being removed daily using claims of a new and deadly virus that has not been proven to exist. Why aren’t more people questioning this? The stakes are too high to accept these claims without proof or to take a rushed and experimental vaccine which can contain anything and for which the manufacturers have zero liability.

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          The Thaiger

          Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm

          Our patience has been worn thin. Sorry but we’re blocking you for persistent posting of inaccurate and mischievous commentary that is false and baseless.

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          Issan John

          Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm

          Peter, you keep repeating this but you’ve ALREADY been given the EXACT photos you asked for: “Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots.”

          You just chose to ignore it.

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      Peter N

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:11 am

      The crazy one here is YOU.

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      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:27 am

      Coronaviruses and colds and flus are real. But when you call it novel covid 19, you can scare the bejeezus out of people, especially when the entire planet turns into a covid 19 themed Park/ horror house.

      But it’s just another flu and trying to vaccinate against the flu or cold is impossible.

      So…. will we ever come to terms with the fact there’s a new strain of the flu and live should go on.. not end.

      Anyways I look forward to seeing the incoming lock downs, a new financial blockchain system be implemented around jan 8 2021.

      And food shortages as we head into 2022, with inflation soaring in 2021.

      Have fun, welcome to safetyland!

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      Stephen Westrip

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Aah, Peter. The crazy one is you! Do some actual research. Read some scientific journals and papers and stop trolling sites with your nonsense. Luckily though you will disappear from view soon as your freedoms will be eroded because of your blindness.

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Ifcourse we farangs have to pay……

    We send millions when they were struck by a tsunami.
    We send help to save children in a cave…..
    Ifcourse now!! We have to pay top price………
    Thank you Thailand…

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    James Pate

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Sign me up! I want the 2 jabs ASAP! Good news but I wish I could start today!

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Sheeeple… you will get injected with lab made nano particle rna strands that will give you ms or slowly kill you!!!

    will be def less of you morons..

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    John Mc Fairlaine MD Phd.

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Vaccinate young children… no vaccine has eun a trial yet…. so how can they vaccinate them they dont sven know the dosis for a child its not the same aa adults often

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      Apart from the ropey English, you didn’t spell McFarlane, and an MD and a PhD are different kinds of doctors. As an experienced imaginary medical professional and CCP stooge, you’ll know that the MHRA has QAed all that stuff.

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      Peter N

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:17 am

      In the immortal words of Jim Royale “Doctor my arse”

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      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:09 am

      Dude, chill out, children don’t need a vaccine.

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    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:39 am

    So, when will the border fully open then?

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    Mike Frenchie

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:58 am

    They should start asap… if they only get the product in April, so yes, May is the best they can do!

    The faster – the better…

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    James R

    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I as think the vaccine which will be used in Thailand is a formula from Oxford university, Thais should have to pay double the price a farang has to pay, that would make me laugh as we could get our own back for a change regarding the double pricing standard in Thailand.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my six months or more a year in Thailand, but of course, like any other country there are things which are a bit annoying, but overall it is great.

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    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:05 am

    A vax for a flu that has a cumulative death rate (for nearly 1 yr) of 0.0192% worldwide. Yes you read that correct – not 1%, not 1/10th of 1%. yea, that makes sense – not.

    and keep in mind that most of the CV fatalities had numerous other serious conditions and most were old to very old (at or past the average life expectancy age). 80+ yrs old with COPD and diabetes and obese – not a state that one will recover from and go out dancing. But yet they are counted as CV deaths as if they were completely healthy young people. does that make sense?

    Thailand needs a whole lot of investigative reporting and digging for truths versus the copy paste garbage that is getting passed on as news.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      You don’t think the death rate may be low because the spread of the virus is currently being controlled?

      It’s like saying no-one’s died on Anthrax Island, so it must be safe to go there!

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      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      The UK definition of a Covid-19 recorded death is: A person with a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test who died within a period (equal to or less than) 28 days of the first positive specimen date. Age and underlying conditions are not taken into account. It’s a fact older people are more susceptible to the virus, but What are you suggesting we do with them, ignore them or drag them into the street and leave them to rot?
      Last week a consultant surgeon in his 40’s died of covid-19 just a few miles away from me, young people are dying as well. BTW Covid-19 is not a strain of the Flu, in fact the Influenza viruses are members of the family Orthomyxoviridae, not the Corona family of viruses, get your research done before posting.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        All correct, Rasputin.

        What’s not so widely understood by a lot of people who may be perfectly well-meaning and not the ‘Peter’s of this world is that while the majority of those affected and dying are older, have other medical conditions, etc, that doesn’t mean that everyone else gets off scot-free – it’s simply all in proportion.

        So if (for the sake of argument, keeping it simple), twice as many people aged 85 are dying now than before due to Covid-19, so twice as many people aged 75, or 55, or 25, or 5, etc, are also dying now than before due to Covid-19.

        Similarly, if twice as many people with diabetes or cancer, are dying now than before due to Covid-19, so twice as many people with a heart condition, morbid obesity, etc, are also dying due to Covid-19.

        That’s very broad brush, as I’m sure you know, but many genuinely don’t realise that due to the amount of misinformation out there from the likes of the ‘Peter’s.

        It’s like saying women under 50 (or whatever) don’t need to worry about breast cancer, or children to worry about diabetes, as it “won’t” affect them, when the reality is that it may.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:19 pm

        … and to try to be equally fair to those who don’t realise it, while a lot of “older people” in the West spend their twilight years in nursing homes (I think the average in UK is four years), that doesn’t apply in Thailand where homes are multi-generational, and it’s not unusual for grandparents to look after the grandchildren – they can’t just be hidden conveniently away, as they are in the West.

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    Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Then how to account for the fact that in the US the overall yearly death rate is the same as an average year and less than 2018? Shouldn’t it be much, much higher?

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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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