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WHO approves emergency use of the Pfizer/BionTech Covid vaccine

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The World Health Organisation has granted “emergency validation” for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, allowing countries across the globe to now approve its import and distribution for their citizens. In a statement released on the final day of 2020, the WHO said its validation, the first since the start of the pandemic, “opens the door for countries to expedite their own regulatory approval processes to import and administer the vaccine”.

The UK has already launched its inoculation drive with the new vaccine since December 8, with the US, Canada and EU following suit.

“This is a very positive step towards ensuring global access to Covid-19 vaccines.”

WHO said the US/German developed Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine met its safety requirements and “its benefits outweighed any potential risks”. They said that its “emergency use” listing opens the way for regulators to approve the import and distribution of the vaccine. in their countries.

But the super-cold temperature the vaccine must be kept at, -70 degrees Celsius, makes shipping, storing and distributing it a challenge for developing countries.

COVAX, a global effort backed by the World Health Organisation to buy and distribute vaccines to poorer countries, has commitments for 2 billion doses of vaccine so far and is in talks with Pfizer-BioNTech to buy some of its vaccine, which is claimed to be 95% effective after 2 doses.

The WHO convened a team of experts from around the world to review the data on the safety of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, along with its efficacy and quality, “weighing the benefits against the risks”.

But human rights groups are resining concerns about richer nations “hoarding” vaccines at the expense of developing nations.

Amnesty International’s recent report found that all of Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccines and 96% of the Pfizer-BioNtech’s doses had been secured by “rich countries”, including Canada, the UK and US.

“Rather than work together, we’ve had a ‘me first’ attitude in many countries and there’s been a lack of multilateralism and global coordination in the world.”

Meanwhile, China’s National Medical Products Administration announced the conditional approval of a vaccine developed by Beijing Biological Products Institute, a subsidiary of state-owned Sinopharm. Approval has been granted a day after Sinopharm claimed the vaccine had an efficacy rate of 79.3% against Covid019 in a final large-scale clinical trial. But come epidemiologists are questioning Sinopharm’s claims because it has not provided necessary data for it to be independently verified.

SOURCES: VOA | Al Jazeera

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    Buttaxe

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:58 am

    The US is a corporatcracy – run by the corporations, for the corporations. Big Pharma get approval, licenses and favourable propaganda because they buy it. They expect and get obscene profits. The same cannot be said of Russia, the UK or China. In China and Russia the vaccine is free, in the UK it is cheap or free. Therefore the incentive isn’t corporate greed, it is for the good of the people, the nation. I will do everything I can to get the Sputnik or UK vaccine.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:22 am

      “Big Pharma” are being paid the same price for the vaccine in the UK as they are in the US, making the same profits, and it’s no more “cheap or free” there than anywhere else.

      Very easy to check, if you want to.

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    Steve

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I think the WHO is not realy worth listening to. With the shambolic way it was presenting itself on the onset of this pandemic. Yes you can then no you can not. I have more faith in my own sense.

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    James R

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I suppose the fact Thailand’s minister blamed the ‘dirty farangs’ for spreading the virus in Thailand, has made us a little bit annoyed.

    So we can keep out the ‘dirty Oxford vaccine’ to ourselves until we have been inoculated first, we will start using it this week and have 100 million doses on order and can make the vaccine ourselves to start with.

    It would be funny if they had two prices as they do in Thailand, 100 baht for farangs, and 1000 baht for each Thai.

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      It will not be funny it would be justified.
      If I had any say in the matter the Thais would not receive any British vaccine.
      They deserve no better the way they have treated ferangs for the last six months.

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        James R

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:13 am

        Toby

        I did not like the dirty-farang comment at the time while I was in Thailand.

        Thailand was OK to me when I stayed in Phuket from January 2020 until August 2020 as they kept on extending my 90-day tourist visa for free and I did not have to do anything or pay anything towards it.

        I do like visiting Thailand as ‘normal’ people are friendly and it is safe to travel around, the local politicians can be a bit annoying though but overall it is a great place to visit.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:30 am

        Most farangs actually here seem perfectly happy with how how they’ve been “treated for the last six months”.

        The ones who were chucked out before that, like you, and the ones who’ve not been able to get back or don’t want to quarantine and keep the country safe – less so.

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          James R

          Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:26 am

          Issan John

          I am quite happy being in England at the moment, my standard of living here is very high, I could go back to Thailand and I am not unhappy about the situation.

          Not all of us want to live in Thailand full time.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:34 am

      It would be “funny”, but I actually pay exactly the same for my medical treatment as Thais do unless they’re covered by one of the health schemes, as do farangs working here.

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    D-Boy

    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    This could respond to the position that Passenger Arrivals to Thailand needing quarantine. WHO has endorsed the vaccine. It is time to review.

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      Somtingfishyhear

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:56 am

      I personally, would like to see the vaccine given to Thai’s on the provision that say, for every 1,000 Thai’s vaccinated the cost of 1 person going thru quarantine’s fees would be reimbursed. Eventually all travel both ways would again be free to the traveler, and we could get started on resuming normal travel between countries. This would reverse the “scam-quarantine” scheme that is currently corrupting this process.
      Of course, this would require leadership and intelligence, which is sorely lacking in Thai government affairs. A good first step would be the government admitting that testing does not work or solve anything, when results are too inaccurate to be meaningful. And yes, I resent the double standard of Thai pricing based on skin color!
      May we all be blessed by hundreds of free “LBFM’s” in 2021…Humpy New Year one and all!!

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm

        What “scam-quarantine scheme”?

        I’ve explained the quarantine system for Thais elsewhere, twice IIRC, including that if Thais opt for ASQ or ALSQ rather than state quarantine they pay exactly the same as farangs.

        What part do you disagree with or not understand?

        … and the testing very clearly DOES work here, with the results from high, medium and low risk targeted testing confirming that.

        The lateral flow tests, which give false negatives in over half (51%) the tests compared to PCR tests aren’t used here, and an accuracy of 93 to 97% (positive or negative) is anything but “too inaccurate to be meaningful” and is the norm with PCR tests, with minimal margin for human error from doing too many cycles however many times it’s suggested here.

        … and what “double standard of Thai pricing based on skin colour”?????

        Thais are charged the same regardless of their skin tone, and all my black, brown and yellow foreign friends have always been charged exactly the same as me and my white foreign friends.

        Maybe there’s a discount for blue or green …..

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:13 am

      Maybe you should read the WHO review, as you don’t appear to have done so.

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    Edy

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    This vaccine is very toxic, it is a genetic therapy. Many people are going to get sick and die with this. This is the aim of the WHO. They want to use people as guinea pigs in a transhuman way, and make easy money.

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      James R

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:29 am

      Edy

      I know of five people in England who have had this vaccination and they are totally fine.

      Spreading unsubstantiated nonsense does not help anyone.

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      chupapi

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:45 am

      lol. why does thaiger allow the publication of fake info?

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State Railway of Thailand furloughs 57 locals trains from Tuesday

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Thailand State Railway governor says that cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

“Most of the cancelled trains will start at Hua Lamphong station, including trains that are popular with tourists, including services to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.”

Niruj Maneepun says the move is to support the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s effort to curb the virus’ spread by maintaining travel restrictions.

“Already all sightseeing and most long-haul trains have been temporarily cancelled due to Covid-19.”

Thailand has logged 13,500 confirmed infections and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The current outbreak that began on December 20, with the epicentre centred around seafood markets in coastal Samut Sakhon, has spread to 63 Thai provinces.

Recently, Bangkok has allowed the reopening of 13 types of businesses as long as they follow strict guidelines surrounding safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Businesses allowed to reopen under these measures…

  • Banquet venues, which will need authorisation from BMA for events with over 300 participants
  • Beauty salons, tattoo and piercing shops
  • Fitness centers, but personal trainers and communal steam rooms are not allowed
  • Game Arcades; but all points of contact must be regularly disinfected and facemasks worn at all times.
  • Internet cafés
  • Senior nursing homes, but with limited activities
  • Sports venues, except for boxing rings and race tracks, but no audiences allowed
  • Spas, Thai massage shops, excluding massage parlours
  • Gymnasia and boxing venues for training only
  • Bowling alleys and ice skating rinks, but no competitions or audiences allowed
  • Dancing academies
  • Martial art schools, but no tournaments or audiences allowed
  • Amulet shops and markets

Other provinces in Thailand, such as Chonburi, are waiting for the green light to reopen businesses and travel. Chonburi has reported 0 cases of Covid for 3 days in a row, prompting locals to become frustrated with the strict measures that won’t ease up until at least the end of the month.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post

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Thai researcher details her Covid-19 vaccination experience

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“General post-vaccination symptoms include a mild fever, headache, muscle pain and shivering.”

A Thai post-doctorate researcher at the University of Chicago is detailing her Covid-19 vaccination experience and offering insight into its effects. Siriruk Changrob has received 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but says just the vaccine won’t immunise people from getting Covid.

Siriruk says a person who is inoculated with the vaccine can still become infected and should continue to practice social distancing and wearing a mask until a herd immunity is developed by 60% of the population, or the virus dissipates. She says she received the first vaccine about 20 days ago and upon arriving for the 2nd dose, a nurse asked her about any side effects and whether she had tested positive for the virus in the past 90 days.

She says she didn’t feel anything until about 8 hours after the 2nd injection, when she started to feel feverish and some pain at the injection site. She noted that all her colleagues warned her that the 2nd injection would give her more painful symptoms.

The Pfizer vaccine requires 2 doses that must be administered at least 21 days apart. But Sriiruk warns that if you can’t get the 2nd injection within the recommended time frame, to hold off from the injection until the time frame can be followed. She also said that anyone who requires daily medication to treat other ailments should consult their doctor before being vaccinated, to ensure that the efficacy of the vaccine will not be affected by that medication.

She says the general post-vaccination symptoms include a “mild fever, headache, muscle pain and shivering”, positive signs that the body is developing an immunity. She warns that taking medication to prevent such symptoms as a fever, is not recommended as the vaccine only protects a person from developing symptoms, rather from being infected by the virus.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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50,000 to be tested for Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon, 198 new infections reported in Thailand today

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50,000 people are lining up to be tested for Covid-19 in the hotspot of Samut Sakhon over the next 5 days as health officials step up pro-active testing in the hard-hit Thai province. The target of 10,000 people to be tested per day will focus on factory workers, communities and dormitories in an effort to change Krathum Ban and Muang districts from red to yellow and then green zones.

Apisamai Srirangsun, the CCSA deputy spokesperson, says they expect to find 2,000-3,000 new cases as a result of the increased tracking, tracing and testing. She says health officials are trying to track down and free Samut Sakhon of new infections.

“Officials are optimistic that that the pandemic will ease during the 2nd week of February.”

Samut Sakhon is the centre of the 2nd core wave of Covid in Thailand as a cluster of infections broke out late last year in the provincial seafood markets along the coast, just south west of Bangkok. She also said that educational institutes, in some areas of Samut Sakhon, may be allowed to reopen during the next month, if the situation improves.

“But many businesses may have to wait to reopen.”

So far, 70,000 people in the province have been tested for the virus with 5,332 found to be infected. Most of those infected are migrant workers from Myanmar, with the infection rate around 7%.

According to the CCSA, 198 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, including 191 locally-transmitted infections and 7 imported. 1 more fatality was reported, bringing the national total death toll to 73.

The latest victim was a 73 year old woman from Samut Sakhon, who also suffered from dementia, high blood pressure and epilepsy. She was found to have been infected by family members on January 9 and was admitted to the hospital suffering from fatigue and a severe lung inflammation. The woman was placed on a respirator and was transferred to Thaksin Hospital, but she passed away yesterday after her condition worsened.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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