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3 Covid-19 vaccines approved by Thai FDA, 3 more in registration process

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3 Covid-19 vaccines have been approved by the Thai Food and Drug Administration while 3 more pharmaceutical and biotech companies are in the process of registering Covid-19 vaccines for use in Thailand, according to FDA secretary general Phaisan Dankhum.

So far, the FDA has approved the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, which was made in partnership with Oxford University in the UK and now being produced locally by Siam Bioscience. The FDA also approved the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and China’s CoronaVac vaccine, which was produced by Sinovac.

Moderna has submitted all of the required documents to the Thai FDA and Phaisan says it should be registered for use in Thailand this month. He says the administration is currently receiving registration documents from Biogenetech for its Covaxin vaccine and KinGen Bioteach for its Sputnik V vaccine.

The Thai government has also shown interest in the Pfizer vaccine, which studies show is safe for children 12 and up. However, no steps have been made in the registration process.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha set a goal to vaccinate more than half the population by the end of the year. It’s a little unclear if expats are included in that goal.

In a press briefing last week, a spokesperson from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said expats in Thailand will be included in the national rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations and an immunisation plan for foreigners would be released at a later date. On the other hand, a spokesperson from the Public Health Ministry recently said that Thais will have priority in the next stage of vaccinations due to the limited number of doses, adding that expats will need to wait until Thailand has a surplus of vaccines.

“The vaccines right now are only reserved for Thai people who are now at a high-risk level or living in the severe outbreak areas.”

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    Benito

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    The expats will be included in a later stage… first priority for Thais. What is the point here? The virus is not targeting according the passport and the country of origin. The correct approach should be an immunization plan for category of risk and age. Example the category over 65 yrs should get 1st priority, then in progression the category over 45 yrs. it looks like someone at the ministry of health is not focus on helping the population to be protect according the level of risk. For the category of fast and super spreaders, the young population between the category of 15-30 years old is necessary at this stage to limit their social activity, on this age category the majority are asymptomatic and for this reason are more dangerous to spread the contagious to the older part of the population.

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    Steven

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    We know! Just get them out already you’ve had them for months.

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    Macman

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    If they are not going to do the expats they should at least allow the expats that want to to buy the damn thing privately .

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    TS

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    “The Thai government has also shown interest in the Pfizer vaccine, which studies show is safe for children 12 and up. However, no steps have been made in the registration process.
    PM Prayut Chan-o-cha set a goal to vaccinate more than half the population by the end of the year. It’s a little unclear if expats are included in that goal.”
    Its VERY unclear. Study, consider, wait, wait, wait. Get the damn vaccines that have already been approved in the rest of the world out to your citizens and permanent residents. You greedy s.o.b.s that already bravely received yours weeks or months ago. Why can’t you let the good stuff in already this late in the game? Many Thais and foreigners would be lining up to pay for it. You greedy elites make me sick.

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    Nigel

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I may be wrong, but no other country has used its vaccines to target a particular community as they have in Thailand. I believe all countries have focused on the most vulnerable (elderly people or people with underlying serious health condition along with front line health workers). Thais are inoculating communities in poor housing areas (slums as the local media call them 😂😂) in Bangkok and of course senior cabinet ministers along with footballers. Vaccinating a community is fine, as long as you don’t allow unvaccinated people to go in to those areas. As for expats, they really don’t care. They see expats as of similar importance as the Soi dog laying outside of a 7/11 store.

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    Dynamo Dave

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    3 vaccines approved, no purchases confirmed or likely receiving dates stated.
    3 vaccines in registration process, maybe registered this month . . . maybe not.
    No further vaccines bought, beyond the laughably few so far obtained.
    Same-same and sadly little further comment to make . . . without using obscenities, that is.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    “I may be wrong, but no other country has used its vaccines to target a particular community as they have in Thailand”

    Unsurprisingly, completely wrong.

    “I believe all countries have focused on the most vulnerable (elderly people or people with underlying serious health condition along with front line health workers).”

    Again, totally untrue. Most countries haven’t stuck their head in the sand and said “elderly people or people with underlying serious health condition along with front line health workers” first, others later.

    Instead they’ve looked at the bigger picture and included those most at risk, which could be by location as well as age and health, as well as those most likely to be infected or to spread the virus, from police, to bus drivers, to teachers.

    Some, such as the Maldives and Seychelles, have prioritised tourist areas so they can be isolated and opened.

    Many (Australia, France,
    Canada, etc) have prioritised Olympic athletes.

    There’s a vast amount to criticise about Thailand’s vaccine purchasing and its roll-out which has been appalling, but blanket criticism for the sake of it where none is deserved isn’t just stupid but counter-productive as it detracts from criticism where it’s fully justified (and there’s no shortage of that).

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    Jason

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    @Benito – Looks like you are studying the experience available in the world! I am glad to hear it! Each country can learn from the experience of others. The combined wisdom will help us all get through!

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    Buttaxe

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Old and vulnerable foreigners will have to wait until young Thais get their jab. A wait that may well kill them. It is so sick, it’s bordering on Fascist – treating even old people as an untermenschen, their very lives are not a priority. Land of Smiles indeed.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    “The virus is not targeting according the passport and the country of origin.”

    Agreed 100%, @Benito, and I’m not defending the vaccine purchase and roll out in any way as it’s been beyond appalling for reasons most Thais are very well aware of, but to put it in perspective many countries don’t allow tourists to be vaccinated, only permanent residents or those working there so Thailand’s far from the only country doing this – I don’t know, but I suspect countries vaccinating “all-comers” just by age / medical history are very much in the minority.

    I can’t help noticing that the same people who were only too happy to be here last year when cases were low and there was minimal lockdown, and not in their own countries where the reverse applied, still found some other reason to whinge and be critical then, and now they’re the first to whinge yet again when things are reversed.

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    Silbers

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:54 am

    The AstraZenica vaccine has been suspended from use in 18 countries but the Thai FDA has no problem approving it. Says it all really!

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An American man, who tested positive for Covid-19, is back in the hospital after fleeing when he was denied a shared room with this Thai wife-who was also undergoing Covid treatment. The 51 year old man left the northeastern Amnat Charoen province Chanuman hospital on May 9th after doctors declined to move his bed to that of his wife’s room. The man angrily went home without permission.

He was spotted walking on the road by local residents before being found by police at his home. The medical team convinced him to return to the hospital. But the incident has invoked stress among locals as they fear he could have spread the virus when he left the hospital. Thai social media was flooded with angry posts about the incident, with some calling for his arrest or deportation. In response, the Chanuman district chief has announced they will tighten security at the hospital to prevent any future incidents that are similar in nature.

The man’s name was not given, due to his Covid-19 status, and it has not been announced whether he will face any consequences after his actions.

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Health officials are rolling out proactive case finding campaigns in several high-risk communities, testing 9,000 to 10,000 per day, Nopakun says, adding that officials are working to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

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1,919 new Covid-19 cases and 31 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 29,435 active cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 86,924 infections and 452 Covid-related deaths.

At today’s CCSA briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said that while the Covid-19 situation in Thailand may seem like it is stable, with cases decreasing or at zero in many provinces, the number of new infections reported each day is not declining.

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Natapanu says that, fortunately, no new clusters were reported in Bangkok over the past day. He says a minor cluster was reported at a wet market in Nonthaburi, a suburb just outside Bangkok.

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