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UPDATE: Health Minister says AstraZeneca jabs will start next week after slight delay

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Covid-19 immunisations using the AstraZeneca vaccine will start next week, Thailand’s public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul wrote on a Facebook post with a photo of him holding a box of vials containing the vaccine. The update, without any explanation, comes just 3 days after PM Prayut Chan-o-cha cancelled his plans to get jabbed with the vaccine and the Thai government decided to delay the rollout of the vaccine due to concerns over a possible link to blood clots.

During this afternoon’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration daily briefing, spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and Thailand will move forward with its Covid-19 immunisation plan.

“The vaccination programme in Thailand should continue as planned as there is no known correlation between the blood clots and the said vaccines.”

A number of European countries suspended their vaccination programmes with the AstraZeneca vaccine due to some people developed blood clots after receiving the jab.

But the number of cases is small and an investigation into the reports is a “precautionary measure,” according to the European Medicines Agency. They say there have been 30 cases of “thromboembolic events” reported among the 5 million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe.

A World Health Organisation spokesperson has also declared that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe.

Along with announcing that the AstraZeneca vaccinations will start next week, Anutin wrote that 800,000 more doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine will arrive on March 20. Altogether, Thailand ordered 2 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

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Posted by อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล on Sunday, March 14, 2021

 

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    Gosport

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Dutch just postponed it. Who wants to be the trailblazer?

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    Rick

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    All of these vaccines are still in the testing phase and it will be years before anyone knows what the detrimental effects may be. Anyone who is planning to take one of these shots should not just accept the propaganda of the “experts” and the media but should do some research and be aware of the very real risks and be aware that if you take one of these it is the equivalent of playing vaccine roulette.

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    Siso

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Slight delay huh.. Different countries that stopped using the Astra vaccine aswell ain’t talking about a “small delay” but want a serious investigation into the side effects, and even a healthy teacher died apparently in Italy after the vaccine.

    It’s pretty clear that the population is being used as guinea pigs to test a wide range of different vaccines. And since everyone is so desperate to go back to the good old times (that will not come back anytime soon)

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    Ian

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Short delay 555 Thailand only 6 months behind the rest of the world

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    chupapi

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Anyone who is planning to take one of these shots luckily doesnt care such silly words.

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    LondonAl

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Rick and Gosport how about doing us all a favour and shutting up, if you’re too scared to take the vaccine then don’t take it, but there’s no need to advertise the fact because nobody here gives two hoots about what you do.

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    Pedro

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Gosport, along with 22 million other Brits, I have had the AZ jab without a problem. I think that you need to look at the political situation between the EU and UK for the real reason they halted their programme. Strange that the UK and other countries outside the EU are not seeing this claimed reaction. There is no provable link.

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    Alavan

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Pedro, AZ delivered up till now only 10% of what was agreed upon for the first 3 months of this year in the EU. But they exported the vaccine from the EU to other countries. Plus the contract with the EU was signed before that with the UK. We paid, they invested in plants in the UK. Of course we are not happy.
    On another note a leading virologue in the EU declared that AZ is a good pharmaceutical company… for pills and so. But they have no experience whatsdoever with biological vaccines, contrary to f.e. Johnson.

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    James R

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Reply to cowardly Gosport.

    “Who wants to be the trailblazer?”

    The UK, USA etc of course as usual, we saved the Dutch arses 75+ years ago as well as many other European countries and it looks like we are doing it again.

    You can all sit and cowardly quiver as we take the lead with the development, production and the mass vaccination of (including myself) 25 million people so far in the UK alone plus tens of millions of others overseas.

    You can thank us later, but I think you will just carry on and moaning while doing nothing. 🤣🤣

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    Ian

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Well said James R enough said

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    G

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Anyone over 50 would be stupid not to take the vaccine. Just look at the number of deaths from Covid in that age group in countries that have accurate reporting. Stopping a roll out of a vaccine to stop these deaths is utterly stupid the Governments need to be held accountable for the extra deaths that will happen.

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    Alavan

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    James R, why this rant? OK AZ was researched in the UK, but Pfizer was researched in Germany and produced in Belgium and from there exported to the UK. Johnson was researched in Belgium and produced in Holland, so don’t BS that you save the world. We are all in it.

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Alavin

    No rant, just a clear and precise answer to cowardly Gosport and his pals.

    We have vaccinated 25 million people so far, not many have been vaccinated in the rest of Europe, thank god we left the dumb EU.

    So can I say your comment is a rant as well because you mentioned facts?

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    Manu

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Amazing… Not posting my comment??

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