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Virologist urges government to carry out mass vaccination within 3 months

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Prominent Thai virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan is calling on the government to carry out mass vaccination of the population within 3 months, after a study showed that 1 dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine boosts immunity by more than 96%. Dr. Yong has been a persistent critic of the Thai government’s handling of the Covid outbreaks in the country.

Posting on his Facebook page, Yong cited a recent study conducted on Thai people who received a single AstraZeneca dose concluded their immunity was improved by 96.7%, compared to unvaccinated people. Furthermore, former Covid-19 patients who recovered between 4 and 8 weeks prior to being tested showed an improvement in immunity of more than 92%.

According to the Bangkok Post, 61 people took part in the study over a 1-month period from when they received their first vaccine dose. Higher levels of immunity were reported in individuals under the age of 60, with Yong pointing out that immunity increases further and lasts longer following a second dose of the vaccine.

“Therefore, the government should administer the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine to as many people as possible, or 10 million people each month in the first 3 months of mass vaccination.”

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says officials are ready to approve the registration of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine after meeting with representatives of its Asian distributor, Zuellig Pharma. The head of the Food and Drug Administration, Paisarn Dunkum, says the distributor submitted all required paperwork last week and registration of the vaccine will be completed in May.

Anutin has confirmed the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation is preparing to import doses of the Moderna vaccine but says the private sector must inform the GPO of their orders in advance, saying the organisation can’t stockpile the vaccine in anticipation of the private sector buying it.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Sydney B

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:21 am

    The level and degree of procrastination and bureaucracy by the Government beggars belief. All the vaccines mentioned have been tried and tested across the globe with significant reduction in the severity of the illness is individuals and without doubt the number of deaths.
    Prayat and his flunkies appear to be sat with their collective thumbs up their rear end whilst hospitals overflow with new cases and the mortality rate ever increasing. Simply get the roll out moving without delay.

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    Dynamo Dave

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:27 am

    ‘ . . . calling on the government to carry out mass vaccination of the population within 3 months, . . . ‘
    Within 3 months? Prayut will still be haggling with the big money people to help buy vaccines and Anutin will still be aiming to be ‘ready to approve the registration of Moderna’s vaccine’ for the next eternity.
    Relaxation is one thing but this government is trying to put the entire country to sleep – assuming they stay alive, that is.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    The evidence is mounting that the vaccines are being held back to create a shortage. This is to enable private hospitals to sell vaccinations at a high price.
    OR, I could be completely wrong.

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    Timmytime

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    This is what happens when the leadership is so disconnected from the people. They live in huge mansions, has servants, staff, a big fat guarantee salary every month, get picked up to work by a limo and a driver etc etc. They just dont have a single clue how every day thai live their life and has no interest to know either. They got the vaccine already so why should they really care. Most of their fortune is invested over seas anyway. They just dont care about anything but themself, money and power.

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    “Virologist urges government to carry out mass vaccination within 3 months”

    With what???

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Some figures that might be of interest.
    Our World in data. 2nd of May.
    Vaccinations.
    Thailand 1.52 percentage – 1.10 million.
    Cambodia 8.16 percentage – 1.36 million.
    USA 146.24 millions vaccinated.

    Moderna has been approved in 46 countries, so why do these Thai officials still not approved this vaccine?
    They state that when the paperwork is completed, Moderna will be approved sometime in May?
    Thais are dying for want of vaccines, and these clowns have not completed their paperwork!

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I’m lost for word as to the banality of the statement by the “Prominent virologist”. Really? You don’t say? What a fantastically original idea it is the vaccinate people against this virus. I do hope all the other countries in the world are listening to this groundbreaking news. Let’s hope other countries take heed of this wise person and start to vaccinate soon!! FFS!

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve managed to get past this amazing headline and read the details. This virologist has quoted a “recent study”. And the study was conducted on 61 Thai people. Oh of course. I was forgetting a vitally important fact. Thais are of course unique, special, totally different to everyone else on the planet. They have perfect DNA which may cause all current vaccines not to work on them. Ignore the real world data coming out of countries across the world where tens of millions of people have been vaccinated with the AZ vaccine. Let’s base conclusions on a sample of 61 people. Literally incredible!!

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    Hasse

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Within 3 month everyone in Sweden already has taken the vaccine if we want to take it. Now almost every one over 65 got the jab

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    David Ambrosia

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    “Sabay Sabay”, let’s move with the music, don’t need to rush khap.. culture plays a role in the delay ..

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    Rick

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Sorry Sidney B, but these vaccines have not been tried and tested as they are still in the testing phase and everyone who gets one is part of an unprecedented global medical experiment. You may be correct that there is a “significant reduction in the severity of the illness”, which is what is being claimed for these vaccines, but that is not what a vaccine is supposed to accomplish. Vaccines are supposed to grant immunity and prevent transmission and it has been admitted by many of the “experts”, including the great Dr. Fauci, that these jabs don’t do either of these things but only lesson symptoms, as you claim.

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    “Literally incredible!!”

    Your comment certainly is.

    Dr Poon’s “recent survey” was to publicly confirm, for the benefit of Thais, what has been shown in other countries which he has commented on before, at length, showing that Thais are NOT “unique, special, totally different to everyone else on the planet”.

    He’s not addressing “all the other countries in the world”, just the Thai government. As one of the most “prominent virologists” in Asia, one of the acknowledged world experts on H5N1, a previous research fellow at King’s College, and Thailand’s most recognised virologist, it’s just possible that Thais and the Thai government may take some notice of what he says.

    But, of course, he’s not a farang, not a Westerner, so to people like you his opinion isn’t worth reading – which is why you all too evidently haven’t read it before passing judgement.

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Correct Simon Small (aka Issan John). Same with you. I’ve already decided what you are and no wonder you changed your name to Small. Clearly a small brain but one has to wonder what else is small that results in you being such an objectionable nasty sad old man.

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    Jayce

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    @Rick: so if you wanted a sports car and someone offered you a Porsche Cayenne SUV for free you’d turn your nose up because it’s not a Porsche 911??
    Yes you’re absolutely right, a vaccine is supposed to confer full immunity but who cares?? Nothing but semantics with a world wide pandemic raging…

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    Leo Z

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    @Toby – Correct. Just to expand on your example, Malaysia 3%, Indonesia 4.5% vaccinated.
    If this is not enough reason for the Thai people to make sure to send everyone involved at the highest levels of government and the CCSA packing at the next elections, I don’t know what would be.

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    No vaccines are 100% effective, although some, such as the Polio vaccine have high levels of effectiveness. Polio is as high as 99% while Tetanus is similar to some Covid vaccines around 96%. However, even vaccines with relatively low effectiveness of say 60% are still a very useful tool in fighting a pandemic. The other big unknown at this stage is the longevity of the various Covid vaccines. Again, some vaccines can last a lifetime such as measles, while others such as the mumps vaccines will last for 10 years or more but the protection reduces over time. Information which is starting to come through and being updated all the time, relates to the ability for an inoculated person to carry and pass on the virus. Increasingly the news with Covid vaccines seems to indicate low levels of transmission. However, these are just from Real world studies in Western countries so they won’t be acceptable to some.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Come on Simon, did the Thai government really need confirmation? No doubt Dr. Poovorawan is eminently qualified to make that statement, but isn’t he really just confirming “yes, water is wet” while outside during a rain storm? That said, the real question where exactly does the distinguish doctor think Thailand can get these millions upon millions of doses from within the next three months?

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Exactly @EdwardV, but I fear you are wasting your time trying to get an agreement from @Simon. It’s a truly sad reflection on just how much Thais have been programmed to think only Thais can decide what’s works best. And yet Simon had the temerity to suggest I’m the one that only trusts Westerners. Had Thailand formulated a vaccine that had passed phase 3 clinical trials and had rolled it out to millions of its own people and were now getting the pandemic fully under control, I would be urging my western government to buy the damn vaccine and get it in to my arm. I wouldn’t be “encouraging” or citing local small trials to justify it.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    “No doubt Dr. Poovorawan is eminently qualified to make that statement, but isn’t he really just confirming “yes, water is wet” while outside during a rain storm?”

    Agreed, @EdwardV, that’s exactly what he’s doing but there are two very good reasons for it:

    1. He’s citing a trial on Thais that confirm everything he’s said before about the studies elsewhere – for some Thais, just as for some Brits / Americans / Germans / Isrealis / take your pick they prefer to hear it from one of their own, about their own. That may be short-sighted of them, but that doesn’t change reality anywhere – there’s no reason why Thais should be any less xenophobic than racist bigots like @Nigel.

    2. As Thailand’s acknowledged and leading expert, what alternative does he have?

    To say the obvious, risking government displeasure as well as ridicule from the blinkered bigots like @Nigel for saying the obvious;
    or to say nothing which could be taken as giving the government his unspoken but tacit approval?

    Which of those do you disagree with?

    Which can any rational person disagree with?

    As for “the real question where exactly does the distinguish doctor think Thailand can get these millions upon millions of doses from within the next three months?”, maybe he knows they can’t so he’s pushing them to get what they can from anywhere they can rather than just wait and delay, which is what they’ve done so far.

    I simply can’t see any point in bashing someone for doing something rather than nothing, which is all that @Nigel is doing.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    “And yet Simon had the temerity to suggest I’m the one that only trusts Westerners.”

    I’ve never suggested anything remotely like that here or anywhere else. You evidently have a problem understanding basic English, which could explain your ignorance but not your bigotry.

    “… one has to wonder what else is small …”etc.

    FWIW, my respect for dross that knock those who don’t give them the “respect” and “friendship” they think they deserve because of what others have done with whom the only thing they have in common is a shared ethnicity and accident of birth –
    that could hardly get any smaller.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    “… the real question where exactly does the distinguish doctor think Thailand can get these millions upon millions of doses from within the next three months?”

    Sorry, @EdwardV, but I missed the significance of part of your question before.

    Dr Yong DIDN’T say that Thailand should administer “millions upon millions of doses … within the next three months” or anything like that.

    That’s a complete misrepresentation of what he actually said, although it’s what the headline and first para of this article suggest he said.

    What he ACTUALLY said, and he explains why at length, was that “the government should administer the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine to as many people as possible, or 10 million people each month in the first 3 months of mass vaccination.”

    He DOESN’T say “within the next three months” at all, or even suggest it.

    The ACTUAL time frame he refers to isn’t “within the next three months”, as reported, but “in the first three months of mass vaccination”.

    VERY, VERY DIFFERENT, and that’s not splitting hairs or semantics.

    His key point, which I hadn’t noticed you, @Nigel and others have somehow COMPLETELY MISSED is that ALL the doses in “the first three months of mass vaccination” should be “the first shot”.

    “THE FIRST SHOT” – no second doses until after “the first three months of mass vaccination”.

    While a few countries have done that most haven’t and it’s contrary to the government plan, which is to administer second doses after four weeks.

    Unfortunately his point, well argued and justified, was completely missed by you, @Nigel, and others in the Thai-bashing rant and the vitriol, and possibly by the BP and the Thaiger as well, and I missed that you’d missed it.

    Does that put his comment in a different light?

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