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China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine is on its way to Thailand

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The first 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine is set to arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Wednesday. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to formally accept the delivery at Thai Airways warehouse. Thai officials have made an event out of the first vaccine delivery, calling it “Covid vaccines, restoring the Thai Smile.”

The Chinese-made vaccine has yet to be approved by the Thai Food and Drug Administration. In earlier reports, Prayut said that the vaccines will undergo a 3-day inspection before the country’s immunisation campaign begins.

The vaccine manufacturer sent photos the shipment to the Thai government. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul posted a photo of the boxes stacked and packaged tightly, ready to be flown to Thailand. He says the rest of the 2 million doses the Thai government ordered from Sinovac will arrive by April.

The Thai Airways cargo aircraft is capable of storing goods at temperatures from 20 degrees Celsius below zero to 20 degrees Celsius. Chairperson of the airline’s board of directors Chaiyapruk Didyasarin says the vaccines will be stored at the correct temperature throughout the flight. He adds that a Thai Airways has also specially prepared a large air conditioned cargo areas to store the vaccines upon arrival.

SOURCES: Global Times| Thai PBS

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    Masaomi Eric

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Well done! Safe and sound.

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    Stardust

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Whats about the phase 3 trial? And whats about the disclousure of the datas from this vaccine. I heard before they not wanna be guinea pigs.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      Ph 3 was completed long ago, Stardust, and the results from different countries is readily available. This is part of Ph 4.

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        Stardust

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        As ever you spreading fake news trial is not finished and no disclosure. I am talking about reality not ccp propaganda! It seams you are a 50 cents keyboard warrior!

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:43 am

          No, Stardust, you’re talking cr@p. Other countries are already using the vaccine in Ph 4 trials (“for emergency use”).

          You may not like it, but other countries have completed Ph 3 trials and it’s been approved in at least a dozen countries including Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Turkey.

          Not “fake news” but easily verifiable facts.

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    Gosport

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:12 am

    The starting point of economic recovery. Nice job. No jab, no job.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      “nice” 😮

      200,000 doses 😮

      Seriously? 😮

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        Gosport

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:24 pm

        More to come in April, and I am sure the Western vaccine will not be available until the Western politicians say OK.

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          James R

          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

          Gosport

          The UK government have said to the affect, once we have done us, we will do you.

          Meaning, once we have vaccinated everyone in the UK then the surplus tens of millions of vaccines will be given away free to others countries.

          20 million people here already vaccinate, it is expected everyone will be done by July this year.

          The thing is there was a survey done in Phuket recently and 28% of people said they will not have a vaccine at all, and the others said it depends on who the vaccine is from, I doubt if they will accept a Chineses vaccine.

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            London Al

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:07 pm

            Why have a surplus at all, they should have been given to other countries in the first place, the delay in other countries doesn’t help UK.

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            James R

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:17 pm

            London Al

            Because it was all guess work until experience kicked in, they did not know how many would spoil, how many would be needed because it was not certain if one two or three jabs were needed over time, this is all new to any country in the world.

            We also have extra or will have extra as the production in the UK was ramped up well above expectation.

            it is easy to criticise with the benefit of hindsight but at least we can help others, it is better than many other Western counties are willing to do.

            Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

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            Gosport

            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:40 pm

            Better they don’t take Chinese vaccine, I then have chance.

            Any survey there in UK shows Brits willingness to get the jab?

            Again, my estimate is Western vaccine will come when Covid is nearly gone, from history perspective.

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:51 am

            What use are they “free” if they can’t be used, James R? 😮

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:49 am

          The problem is the “Western vaccines” from Pfizer and Moderna are useless in Thailand and for most of Asia (and the rest of the world) as they don’t have the logistics to transport and store them as required, so that doesn’t help.

          It’s no good offering someone something you know they can’t use.

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            James R

            Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:28 pm

            Issan

            The Oxford vaccine stay usable for weeks, who said they can not be used.

            You seem to make ‘facts’ up as you go along being negative about anything positive the West does.

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        James R

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        Issan John

        Well Thailand doesn’t need them as Thailand seems to be impervious to the virus taking into account all restaurants, bars, people going to work, people shopping by the tens of millions close to each other which has been going on and yet only a few dozen people have caught the vaccine.

        Restaurant, bars, have been close for months, families meeting up banned here for a long time now, people have been working from home for ten months and yet we have huge numbers of infected people, logic is at a loss here.

        So why does the government want to vaccinate people, is it because they are telling porkies over the number of real deaths and infections there?

        This is not a sarcastic message but one that questions logic.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:26 am

          Why is “logic at a loss”, James R?

          It could hardly be simpler.

          The UK has let in everyone from everywhere with no precautions at all, at best “asking” some to self-quarantine without even testing those who were supposed to be in quarantine, and only testing those who wanted to be tested and to risk having to take time off work, with a useless and ineffective voluntary track and trace system.

          Thailand has done the complete opposite, with closed borders apart from for those willing to do enforced and supervised quarantine and mandatory testing, and an effective targeted mandatory testing system and a very efficient track and trace system.

          Throw in mask wearing, accepted without question from the start in Thailand but rejected and still far from popular in the UK and the reasons (and “logic”) are clear.

          The UK (and most of the West) totally stuffed up the management / control stage of the pandemic, but has got the vaccination stage generally right by throwing a lot of money at it.

          Thailand, on the other hand, got the management / control stage generally right (with a few notable fails, such as no pre-flight tests for Thai returnees), but now appears to be stuffing up the vaccination stage (which should have been the easy part) instead.

          “why does the government want to vaccinate people?”

          Because if it doesn’t, it can’t open the borders and do away with the quarantine that’s kept the virus out so far.

          Think of the virus as a rabid dog – keep it out and you’re OK; vaccinate everyone and you’re OK; do neither, and you’re not.

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            James R

            Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:33 pm

            The truth is, the Thai government is telling porkies re the numbers.

            It might come out sometime in the future but I doubt it.

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    Steve

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Nice, restoring the smile, without filthy forigners.

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    The suppliers are “foreign” 🙂

    Hard to do without them 🙂

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    Tom

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    200,000 thats going to go a long way with a population of 69 million… lol

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    Jason

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I can only hope that these doses go first to healthcare workers who are the ones dealing with infected people, then airport staff dealing with foreign arrivals and then the most vulnerable (the elderly). That is how the order of vaccination is shaping up in most countries.

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      Peter Nielsen

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:48 pm

      Why would young, healthy people take it? They are not in danger. Only those who are afraid of the covid should take the vaccine. Phizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines are nearly 100% effective, so those who take it are nearly 100% protected, so only those need to take it. This nonsense that all or the majority of the society should take the vaccine is all unnecessary nonsense.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:32 am

        You’ve answered your own question, Peter N:

        “Why would young, healthy people take it?”
        Because they “They are afraid of the covid”.

        Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are useless here – Thailand doesn’t have the logistics to store and distribute them because of the temperature requirements.

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    Mickey

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Free packet of baby formulae with every vaccine. In China we trust!

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    If Thai Airway are transporting it, some is likely to go missing en route.
    And then it has to go through Thai customs . . .

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    Slugger

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    China to the rescue. Jai yo!!

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    Mickey

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I am so happy to get the Chinese vacine. Does it come with baby milk formulae?

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    Mao

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Zhong guo de yao shi tai la ji. Xiwang nimen dou xing le. Xiao xin zhong guo de zhang fu.

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    Mao

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    We do appreciate the donations that the communist party makes to the thaiger. Thank you for your professional journalism. We will remember you.

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    Jacky

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    This is so full of proporganda. China can never be trusted. Problem, reaction, solution. Oh thank you soooo much China for the problem and solution, we gave you the reaction.

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Anutin with his camera phone.. WOWeeeeeeeee! I feel really assured now… NOT!
    I wouldn’t have this if it was free in a packet of Lays potato chips!!!

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      Crispy

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      I would think be prepared to pay whatever it takes and organise organise organise. If Thailand hadn’t done 70% by September you can forget the High Season.

      And from that there’d be no recovery. Not for many long years.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:38 am

        Exactly, Crispy.

        The losses to the economy every month would more than pay for vaccinations for everyone at two or three times the market rate, several times over.

        As Israel proved, wave the readies and the vaccines flood in.

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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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Foreign tourists must use Covid-19 tracking app when travelling to Thailand

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Foreign tourists travelling to Thailand will need to download the Covid-19 contact tracking mobile application “ThailandPlus” before arriving in Thailand and use it throughout their stay. The app will notify travellers if they have been in close contact with any confirmed cases.

Throughout their trip to Thailand, tourists will need to keep the app “on” and check in and out of various locations by scanning QR codes. The app requires access to the smartphone’s GPS , but the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the information collected will only be used for public health purposes and will not infringe on the tourists’ right to privacy.

Travellers will also need to upload a recent headshot as well as supply their Certificate of Entry number and reference ID from the Royal Thai Embassy.

The app is a spinoff to the “Thai Chana” and “Mor Chana” apps. All use GPS and Bluetooth as well as QR code scanning to detect the users’ locations. The apps sparked controversy and many Thais expressed concerns about their privacy, but the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.

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South East Asia was the source of Covid-19, not China. Even more specifically, it came from Thailand… from the famous Chatuchak market, or, as quoted correctly “a market LIKE Chatuchak”.

That’s the claims of a Danish epidemiologist Thea Kolsen Fischer, who was on a recent World Health Organisation fact-finding mission to Wuhan to examine the origins of the latest coronavirus pandemic. The claims were printed in Denmark’s daily newspaper Politiken this week and have half left Thai officials flabbergasted.

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Citing a new study published in Nature Communications, the Sputnik news agency claimed there are bats in Thailand with a virus, a coronavirus, that matches the one that causes Covid-19. Given the much-less-easy to remember code name RacCS203, the new virus was identified in the blood of five horseshoe bats that had been tested in an artificial cave at a wildlife sanctuary somewhere in eastern Thailand.

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The tourist island off the coast of Surat Thani in the Gulf of Thailand is deemed as an area of “economic significance” and is included in the first phase of the country’s immunisation plan. The first doses will be given to disease control officials and those in the tourism sector.

The vaccines, which just arrived from overseas yesterday, are expected to be delivered to the island before the end of the month and vaccinations are set to start in early March.

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