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Trial data doesn’t “impact” Thailand’s plans to use Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine

Caitlin Ashworth

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The recent China’s Sinovac BioTech trial data reporting 50.4% efficiency does not “impact” Thailand’s plans to receive and administer vaccines for Covid-19 next month, according to director general of the Medical and Science Department Supakit Sirilak.

Questions have risen around the vaccine’s efficacy rate, which was originally reported as 78% in trails in Brazil, but recently downgraded to just over 50%. The news comes just as Indonesia is rolling out a mass vaccination campaign with President Joko Widodo injected with the China-made vaccine today.

In Thailand, the news of the low efficiency doesn’t impact the country’s plan to administer the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, according to Supakit.

“There is no impact on our plan right now… We are asking for information directly from Sinovac, so we are waiting for their response to get all the facts.”

Thailand ordered 2 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac in the midst of a new wave of coronavirus infections. The first batch of 200,000 doses will arrive next month.

Another 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have already been secured and the Thai company Siam Bioscience will produce the vaccine for both domestic use and to export across Southeast Asia.

All vaccines will be assessed based on quality, safety and efficiency, according to Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration.

SOURCE: Reuters

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    zig

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    50% …wow..that sounds real promising good luck with that crap

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    Jason

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    From what I have read, the Sinovax vaccine has low efficacy. Better to wait for Astra Zeneca, Moderna or Pizher. But I think any vaccine is better than none at all.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      It’s reported elsewhere that Thailand’s paying 23 baht a dose for the Siam BioScience (Astra Zeneca) vaccine, but 500 baht a dose for SinoVac’s, and that apart from the 2 million doses from SinoVac the remainder will all come from Siam BioScience.

      I genuinely can’t understand the hurry to get the vaccine from SinoVac, even though SinoVac’s 15% Thai owned, when the Siam BioScience vaccine will be available soon after it, a lot more cheaply, produced here, and it’s likely to be far better received.

      Moderna and Pfizer aren’t really viable here, IMHO, because of the logistic / distribution problems at low temperatures – particularly Pfizer’s at -70c.

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        EdwardV

        Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:48 pm

        John, not to argue the point but if SinoVac is 15% Thai own didn’t you just answer your own question? Otherwise as you point out, it makes no sense to purchase it.

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          Issan John

          Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:44 am

          My initial thought too, but that doesn’t seem likely.

          The 15% share was bought last month by CP for 15 billion baht, so as they’ve apparently “only” sold Thailand 1 billion baht’s worth of doses that’s barely worth the effort compared to their sales in China and elsewhere – 2 million doses as a one-off to Thailand, from an annual production of 600 million doses.

          As Siam BioScience is 100% owned by the Crown Property Bureau and the price of the vaccine is reported as 23 baht by Khaosod (although I think that may be a typo and it should be 230 baht, so still half the price) it would just seem better to wait and stick with one vaccine for everyone.

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    luca

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    rightly Thailand cannot irritate mother China by telling the truth, that the Chinese vaccine is much worse than those of the dirty falang

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    Diego

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Of course Thailand won’t change its plans. Since when do they think or use logic?

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    Mike

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:15 am

    China gives everyone the virus and ruins economies
    Then sells you the treatment
    What a deal!

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      Jean-Pierre

      Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:37 am

      It is even a better deal :
      Half treatment only … (50.4%), paid full price.
      Otherwise, if you cure them all, how can China makes money and/or have a strong diplomatic lever and keep some countries dependents ? …

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    Tony

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I rather not take this – it is like casino and anyone give me 1 good reason why I should buy any product from China at all ? I mean after all – why is the whole world in crisis ?

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    norbert BUFFARD

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:33 am

    It is very Sad that for not upsetting China any any way ,Thailand will buy the Chinese Vaccine, Knowing that it is not efficient and it is on the border line with WHO recommendation. When Thailand will learn that this type of diplomatic behavior will bring only servitude

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    V. P. Tenanty

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    50% efficient – against a virus that has a recovery rate of over 99% – why bother??

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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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Norway adjusts advice after 28 possible vaccine-related deaths of elderly people

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The deaths of 23 elderly people are being investigated after dying a short time of receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine in Norway. Apart from the 23 deaths, medical officials are also reporting several people falling ill after receiving their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

At this stage there has been no direct correlation between the people’s deaths and inoculation wit the Pfizer vaccine, but medical officials report that 13 out of 23 people who died showed “common side effects of mRNA vaccines” such as “diarrhea, nausea and fever”.

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies – cdc.gov

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has taken the action of cautioning against vaccinating elderly people above 80 years of age saying “those with a short life span may not benefit much from the jab”.

“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences.”

“The agency listed fever and nausea as side effects which may have led to the deaths of some frail patients.”

Earlier this week, the Public Health authority noted that “any side effects of the vaccine will be outweighed by a reduced risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 for elderly, frail people.”

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, says that it may be a coincidence, “but we aren’t sure”.

Pfizer and BioNTech are actively working with the Norwegian authorities to investigate the death.

“The regulator discovered the number of incidents so far is not alarming and in line with expectations.”

But experts are of “the strong opinion” that doctors need to exercise caution in vaccinating people in the wake of the deaths of the 23 elderly people. The Norwegian Medicines Agency also reported that 21 women and 8 men reported side effects. Apart from the 23 deaths, 9 people have reported “serious side effects” without fatal outcomes such as “allergic reactions, strong discomfort and severe fever. Seven people reported less serious side effects such as severe pain at the injection site”.

Norwegian medical staff had administered at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccines to approximately 33,000 people as of the end of December.

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Health Minister volunteering to receive first Covid jab, as effectiveness rate questioned

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“I’ll go first!”

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has repeated his pledge to be the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, in a bid to allay people’s concerns. Questions have been raised about the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac Biotech jab after its effectiveness rating was revised downwards by researchers in Brazil.

Anutin Charnvirakul says the vaccine process will be overseen by Sophon Mekthon from the Ministry of Public Health and all safety criteria will be met. The Pattaya News reports that the minister says he has confidence in the safety of the vaccine and is willing to prove it by being the first person to get the jab. It’s not the first time he has made this suggestion but there has been no official confirmation that the Health Minister will be first in line.

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Pattaya City mayor planning local rollout of Covid-19 vaccine

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The mayor of Pattaya city says officials hope to be able to buy 240,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for administration to local residents. Sonthaya Khunpluem is reviewing finances and plans to set aside approximately 80 million baht for vaccine procurement, subject to government approval.

“Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht, Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”

The move comes following confirmation from the government that local authorities could purchase their own vaccines in order to speed up the process. A number of other local authorities have also said they intend to do the same. The government has stipulated that only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration can be purchased.

Sonthaya hopes that by vaccinating Pattaya residents, tourism in the area could get a boost and the economic recovery could begin. The Pattaya News reports that officials from the Pattaya City Finance Office and other relevant agencies have met to review projects planned for the year ahead, to determine Pattaya’s spending power for buying vaccines.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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