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AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive this month, despite EU export restrictions – Public Health Ministry

Caitlin Ashworth



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While there’s no exact date on the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, the Public Health Ministry is assuring the public that the first order of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive this month, despite the European Union’s restrictions on Covid-19 vaccine exports. The National Vaccine Institute is working on getting the first shipment this month, according to the ministry’s permanent secretary.

Thailand ordered doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, and China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine, which is also expected to arrive this month. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for emergency use in Thailand and the first 50,000 doses, which would be shipped from Italy, are still expected to arrive this month despite the new restrictions requiring all vaccine exports to be authorised by the EU.

Since Thailand placed its order with AstraZeneca before the EU announced its restrictions on overseas vaccine exports, the order will not be affected, according to the ministry’s permanent secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit. He added that the National Vaccine Institute is working to make sure the first shipment is delivered this month.

“The EU said clearly the suspension has not covered any order made before the announcement. We are abiding by that announcement but we still have the chance to get a vaccine shipment this month.”

In Thailand’s first phase of immunisations, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered to frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable groups in areas considered to be at the highest risk of Covid-19.

Thailand health officials are also expecting the first Sinovac vaccine shipment of 200,000 doses to arrive this month. However, neither the Thai nor the Chinese food and drug administrations have approved the privately-owned Sinovac vaccine.

Indonesia approved the Chinese-made vaccine, and administered the first injection in the country to President Joko Widodo last month.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    The more you pay, the quicker you get the service. Seems EU does not know the way the capitalism works.

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      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:44 am

      actualy EU has payed a big part of the vaccine program frank to say it so what you say here is simply not true – but Britian are cheating as usual – a country ful of fraud so stop that bullshit

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Well, the EU has been fair and others acted along the same lines as the enthroned orange turd in the US: We first! Especially, the UK I reckon, should brace themselves for new interpretations of standing Brexit deals.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Agreed, Ray. Sadly I think what little “trust” there was left between the EU and the UK has been trashed pretty thoroughly recently.

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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      The EU only has themselves to blame for any loss of trust. There is no larger proof of “we first” action than instituting export controls over vaccines while in the middle of a pandemic. The EU demanded the UK take AZ jabs from it’s citizens and hand them over to the EU instead. The UK was told to do that, or the EU wouldn’t give them the Pfizer vaccine needed for the 2nd shots. All of this was contrary to signed contracts by all four parties. The EU not only complained about what they chose to do, but went full extortion on top of that. Say what you will about what the UK did or didn’t do, there is no way the EU looks anything but worse. The fact the EU was forced to roll over and take it up the … only goes to show who was ultimately in the right between them.

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        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:38 am

        It was a UK company breaking a contract.
        It was Boris saying: No vaccine will leave the UK till all UK citizens got their vaccine.
        How much more proof do you want of the “we first” action of the UK?

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          Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:29 am

          The whole issue of AZ being half Swedish aside. What part of the contracts did AZ break? Was it the part of the UK contract that clearly states they gets first dibs on those produced by UK based factories? No it couldn’t be that part since it’s the EU that now says yes the UK order gets filled first. Maybe it was the part of the EU contract that clearly states AZ will do it’s “best effort” to supply the EU order? No it couldn’t be that part since the EU has now quietly dropped their threat of legal action and states AZ is doing better. Face the fact, the EU screwed the pooch. Once realizing it, they pretended they didn’t, lied and threatened. Now they are quite and submissive. Not really that hard to figure out.

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            Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:58 am

            what part you ask ?

            let’s first break the contract down a little bit to the most important areas

            1] the contract between AZ and the EU (partially published already) is with AZ-AB (sweden), the contract between AZ and the UK probably is with AZ-UK

            2] the contract has several phrases of best efforts basis within it

            3] the contract explicitly states, that AZ would be under no obligations – contractual or otherwise – standing in the way of their fullfillment of that contract

            4] there are 2 factories within the EU and 2 factories within the UK mentioned to be used for the fullfillment of the contract …

            and now let me ask you a few questions …

            did you know that : the first batches of UK vaccine containing several million doses of AZ vaccine was shipped from the EU into the UK at the end of last year,

            (so shortly before they announced, that they will have to massively cut down their EU contract, while fullfilling their UK contract 100%)

            and did you know that : a shortage on raw materials needed for the production of the vaccine played a large part within the so called “manufacturing problems” in the belgian plant ?

            [also, the always raised “but we ordered 3 month earlier” is only half of the trueth … germany, france, italy and the netherlands already negotiated the deal for 400 million doses on june 13 as you can read on AZ and the university of oxfords website]

            so no to the “what part” …

            is it the best effort of AZ, to ship out millions of doses of vaccine from their european factories to ensure the 100% fullfillment of another contract, while cutting down the contract to 25-40% of the contract volume ?

            and if they had a “uk first” clause within their uk-contract,
            why did they state, that they don’t have obligations preventing fullfillment within their EU contract …

            also, the point regarding the rawmaterials (and their distribution between the different production sites) could also play into that “best effort” point …

            but that would be something for lawyers to actually decide …
            the vaccine however is needed today, and not in sevaral years, when someone in court has decided who is right or wrong …

            and even if the EU would win, than that exact same court-war would start again 180 degree reversed between the UK and AZ …

            but that wouldn’t magically create any more vaccines than currently produceable … it wouldn’t help anyone resolving the pandemic …

            i hope i was able to clear a few things up for you

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            Issan John

            Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:08 am

            Again, Ed V, you haven’t seen all the contracts as only the redacted versions of AZ’s have been published.

            … and the “UK based factories” didn’t “produce” a large part of the AZ vaccines the UK has. The AZ factories at Oxford and Keele did, but all the factory at Wareham did was bottle / fill and finish vaccine produced in Belgium exported to the UK in bulk. It doesn’t “produce” vaccines, however the UK and AZ (and you) dress it up.

            What you’re presenting as “facts” are easily verifiable as distortions at best and simply untrue at worst.

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        Issan John

        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:53 am

        Ed V, since you haven’t seen the “signed contracts by all four parties” you have no way of knowing.

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          Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:24 am

          John playing naive doesn’t become you. First off the contract between AZ and the EU is public knowledge. The EU made the mistake of posting it at the same time as they posted the redacted one. Egg on face to say the least. While it is true the UK contact isn’t published, the fact the EU acknowledged the UK orders do get filled first pretty much does the same thing. If it quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck …. well I’m sure you get the point.

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      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:36 am

      It was a UK company breaking a contract.
      But it seems that this is hard to understand for UK people, especially the ones getting their news from UK media.

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        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:46 am

        That is true – well said – but in UK peopel seems only to read UK news – I know it cause I am coming there a lot – they dont watch world news and are not interested. .

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    After all the empty shelfs in supermarkets, the sasquatch in Downing street desperately needed something positive coming from Brexit. Old folks will praise him for the dirty trick he played by raking in the vaccines before they could be distributed to other co-funding parties. Young people however, know exactly what he did and he will go down as the worst pm in history of the UK.

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I.j. you trash us each day you lowlife traitor

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Micheal sounds like sour grapes you should be proud England along with thier partners found the cure not mock and not make false lies you have been out manouvred except it like Europe had to do

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

      If the cap fits, etc.

      The UK has nothing to be proud of over any part of its performance over the past year, and it’s the dregs of the country like you, that have contributed nothing to their country but revel in its past achievements instead, that have reduced it to the state it’s now in.

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      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      And I who thought that the Germans found the vaccin for Pfizer, Belgians from Janssen pharmaceutical (vaccine research for Johnson & Johnson), the US with Moderna, not forgetting the Chinese and the Russians, but only England seems to have found it.
      And beside that, they also messed up the tests (wrong doses, no tests on elderly)so that there is still doubt over what it can do.

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:52 am

    it was UK who broke the contract – EU has payed a big part of the vaccine program – am not a fan of EU – but Uk are cre the one who brake the contract- and if you only get infos from UK news media then no wonder you dont know anything I am coming to UK many times and british are listen to british news – and most of the things written in the gossip news about how they are treated by other countryes is not true its the worst bullshit ever – – No wodner EU react angry – so you can stay with your africans, arabs and other – bright future for UK HUH!

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    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Issan john I’m proud of my country I was a soldier for 12 yrs unlike you running away to your mud hut you are worse than low your a coward and we never want scum like you in our proud free country go away from this site and do one everybody hates you and your trash you spill each day

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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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