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The Thai Red Cross Society is urging fully recovered Covid-19 patients to donate their plasma. They say the plasma could contain antibodies that can be used to treat infected patients.

According to the director of the Red Cross’s National Blood Centre, the plasma of the recovered patients contain antibodies against the coronavirus. The potential plasma or the so-called “Covid-19 Convalescent Plasma,” or CCP, is believed to curb the severity of acute respiratory syndrome caused by the virus.

The head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology, Chulalongkorn University, says the CCP is an alternative treatment for infected patients. The CCP was tested with a foreigner infected with Covid-19 who has severe pneumonia symptoms. The patient received the CCP 2 times and saw the improved condition.

The Thai Red Cross has been asking for plasma donations since April of last year. Over 400 people registered to donate the plasma, but only 152 of those were able to donate. 383 bags of viable CCP were produced. So far, 5 hospitals have used the CCP to treat a total of 9 patients including 6 of who have recovered, 2 who are currently receiving treatment and 1 who died.

Plasma donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 50 kilograms. They must be in good health and must have a prior, verified diagnosis of Covid-19, but are now fully recovered with no Covid-19 symptoms.

SORCE: Thai PBS World | Daily News

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    Bill

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Real men make their own antibodies. Isaan John need not apply. 😂😂😂😂😂

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      Real men care about others.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Yes well any donators should charge 2000 a liter because the Thais will change any that receive this, will be charged B500 a liter.

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    dispensed

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:32 am

    You mean… there is such a thing as natural immunity after all?

    Sorta explains why cases have dropped ~40% in 3 weeks in every US state and in England. 1/3 infected + preexisting cross immunity with other coronavirus strains -> herd immunity

    Congratulations to Western nations on being adults about this and letting it run its course. As for East Asia, enjoy your covid hysteria, lockdowns, and authoritarianism.

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    Maybe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:03 am

    They have not discover anything new !
    Has been used in Europe as a compassion base for those critical case which where not responding to the medication…
    So this mean that in Thailand the ICU starting to feel the pressure ?

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    JasonW

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:26 am

    UK tests show giving blood plasma from patients that have recovered from COVID does’t work.

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    RA

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    It’s already been proven that Convalescent Plasma does not work.

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Another drug bust near the Mekong River, 500 kilograms of cannabis seized

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In another drug bust in Northeastern province Nakhon Phanom, police arrested a man and seized 500 kilograms of compressed cannabis. Just yesterday, border patrol police in the province seized 920 kilograms of compressed cannabis from a boat on the Mekong River. In both cases, police suspect the cannabis came from Laos, just across the river.

Police say they searched a black Nissan Navara pickup around 1am in the province’s Na Kae district. Police opened the truck’s bed cover and found 12 sacks with 500 packages of dried, compacted cannabis. Each package of cannabis weighed 1 kilogram, similar to the previous bust on the river.

28 year old Saravut Butngam was arrested. Saravut previously worked in construction, but has recently been unemployed. He allegedly told police that a man called him with an opportunity to make 50,000 baht. He was told to drive the pickup truck from a petrol station in the Na Kae district to a specified location in the neighbouring province Sakon Nakhon, police say. From there, another driver would take over.

Border police commander Sippanan Sornkhunkaew says he suspects the cannabis seized in the province was trafficked from Laos across the Mekong River. He says he believes the cannabis was planned to be trafficked to Southern Thailand and then smuggled across the border, possibly to Malaysia.

On Sunday morning, police confiscated 920 kilograms of cannabis from a boat on the Mekong River. When police approached the boat, men jumped off onto a smaller boat and fled the scene. The dried, compacted cannabis was wrapped in 1 kilogram packages.

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The wai, the polite gesture Thais use for greetings, farewells, prayers and even apologies, dates back to the 12th century, where both hands clasped together in front proved that you weren’t holding a weapon. That’s the folklore anyway.

Recently, the greeting has increased in general popularity around the world as a anti-Covid ‘safe’ replacement for the western handshake. So, how, when and with whom should you wai? Here’s a few easy tips to learn how to wai. Today Som teaches us some of the basics of the lovely Thai ‘wai’ (pronounced ‘why’).

As a foreigner you don’t look Thai, dress Thai and you probably can’t eat full-strength Thai curry either. So this means you’re exempt from Thailand’s most nuanced courtesies. There’s a lot of subtlety in the Thai wai so, chances are, you’re not going to get it right. But your best efforts will be appreciated.

How to wai when you’re uncertain? At a minimum, when someone wais to you, return the gesture with a kind smile and an acknowledging nod. In restaurants and shops: You’ll often receive a wai from shop and restaurant staff. It’s not necessary to wai in return to anyone providing you with a service of this nature. Instead, a nice (grateful) smile is plenty. To children / those younger than you:

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Coming up today… the fallout from yesterday’s latest protest violence in Bangkok, the first vaccine in Thailand who got it, and a major drug haul along the Mekong.

But first we’ll start up north where Lampang Province is joining other northern provinces todday by putting a total fire ban in place from today, March 1, until the end of April. Chiang Mai also started a ban on all deliberately lit fires from today and Lamphun, just south of Chiang Mai, already has one in place.

The bans are timely after a horrid weekend of air pollution in many of Thailand’s provinces over the long weekend, even as far south as the tourist destination of Phuket where visibility was down to about 1 kilometre and the smell of smoke was noticeable.

Whilst up in the north… 4 Thai women were arrested at a security checkpoint in Tak’s Mae Sot district after they illegally crossed the border from Myanmar into Thailand.

Illegal casinos and fancy hi-so massage parlours in Myanmar in areas near the border, have attracted wealthy Thais and Burmese. The establishments have also attracted plenty of Thais looking for well-paid work across the border.

In a major bust along the Mekong River, a notorious hotzone for drug trafficking, border patrol police seized 920 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis from a boat along the Nakhon Pathom riverbank, bordering Laos.

Now to the weekend violence as the protests resume where they left off last year…

At least 22 people were arrested during the major Bangkok protest yesterday. It turned violent as pro-democracy activists marched toward the Thai PM’s residence. It’s been reported that one officer died during the rally, reportedly due to heart failure.

At least 33 people were injured… that includes 23 police officers. The clashes happened in front of 1st Infantry Regiment barracks on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and involved around 1,500-2,000 activists fromthe Restart Democracy movement, part of the Free Youth group. The group has been protesting against the government and calling for reform of the country’s constitution and monarchy since protests began in July of last year.

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