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Thailand expecting 3.5 million Sinovac vaccines by end of May

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: 3.5 million more Sinovac vaccines are expected this month.

Another 3.5 million Sinovac Biotech vaccines have been confirmed to be arriving by the end of May, health officials said Friday. With a slow vaccine rollout putting Thailand’s ambitious July 1 reopening plan in jeopardy, the confirmation of another batch of jabs is welcomed news.

The head of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation announced the first million vaccines will arrive in just a few days, with a May 6 expected delivery date. By the end of May, 2 million more are expected to follow. The Chinese government has committed to donating an extra 500,000 jabs to round out the 3.5 million figure.

While the vaccine rollout in Thailand has been disappointingly slow, 2.5 million Sinovac vaccines have been distributed and is being administered mainly to health workers and those who are considered high risk for exposure or infection.

Thailand is acquiring vaccines from different brands and sources, but red tape and productions issues have mired progress. Sinovac and AstraZeneca are approved for use, with Zuellig Pharma, the producer of Moderna, requesting emergency authorisation to clear their vaccines for imports. Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, China’s Sinopharm, Bharat Biotech of India, and Russian vaccine Sputnik have all been reported to be in some stage of the complex registration, evaluation and approval process.

High hopes are pinned on AstraZeneca though, and their production partnership deal with Thailand’s Siam Bioscience, expected to start pumping out 61 million jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming months. Production and delivery was scheduled for June, but rumours are suggesting delays until July.

The third wave of Covid-19 has hit Thailand far harder than the relatively mild first 2 waves, especially with the outbreak of the B.1.1.7 variant which is much more transmissible. Last month saw a record 36,000 infections and over 100 deaths, with increasing numbers of critical condition cases and people on ventilators.

SOURCE:The Star

 

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23 Comments

23 Comments

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    Tomos Tyler

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    So we have no vaccines yet… sinovac is the vaccine you get when you can not get a vaccine!

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    Jason

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    In your shoes, I would rather depend on Astra Zeneca produced by your own vaccine producer. Australia has…but only for use in people over 50 (coincidentally the most vulnerable group).

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    Robert Elliott

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    It’s no doubt the cheapest option. Not very effective but cheap.

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    Ian Bromley

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    There is no way that Sinovac is going into my body. It has no published stage 3 trial results, it is not approved by WHO, in many countries in this region it is banned and in the UAE the resluts were so poor they have been giving third shots in an effort to create moderate immunity. Thai people are being experimented on at risk to their health & maybe life.

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    Michael

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    “expected to start pumping out 61 million jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming months”

    Dream on. That is for sure not going to happen. In Europe the AstraZeneca factories are an embarrassment. They are 200 million doses short of their promises because factories do not work, and AstraZeneca is unable to fix the problems. But in Thailand everything will go well from the start?

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    Michael

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    “expected to start pumping out 61 million jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming months”

    Dream on. That is for sure not going to happen. In Europe the AstraZeneca factories are an embarrassment. They are 200 million doses short of their promises because factories do not work, and AstraZeneca is unable to fix the problems. But in Thailand everything will go well from the start?

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    Slugger

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    @Ian Bromley – A load of Sinophobic tosh spouted by a complete racist. Your mother should be ashamed of you.

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    Buttaxe

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Another brainwashed Brit. Put squeeky clean American Big-Pharma products in your arm then, it’s not like they own the FDA or anything. Sputnik is the best vaccine out there, but auntie (BBC) won’t allow you to believe that either.

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    chupapi

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    fresh water costs more than that…

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    squinter Labourer

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    What is going on. The worst of the bunch is accepted and the best are subjected to all kinds of delays. I smell foul play at the expense of the Thai people.

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    Gosport

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    @Ian Bromley – Dude, have you ever got one jab?

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Chile reports the Sinovac vaccine only has a 16% efficacy after the first shot, it only gets into the 60s after the second dose. Countries like Chile are going through a huge outbreak after incorrectly assuming their population would be protected after the first doses (like the UK got with AZ). If Thailand relies on Sinovac in any large amount, they have to get those second doses administered as quick as required.

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    James R

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Tests from various countries have found the Sinovac vaccine is less than 50% affective, a lot of potential tourists will know that and stay away thinking going to Thailand on holiday in six months time is not safe as the population are not ‘really’ protected and thus another mutation could happen.

    Still if that is the only vaccine you can get in bulk then it is better than nothing.

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    Moderna

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:42 am

    After abusing medical patent laws, Thailand is now cap in hand to the same big pharma they have plagirized for years. Sorry Somchai back of the queue!

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    S2K

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:50 am

    @Tomos Tyler – It’s not proven to be dangerous. Just not as effective as the other vaccines. I still wouldn’t jump at it, though, simply because it came from China.

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    Ben

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Only Sinovac and AZ are approved for use in Thailand. Is it because the Chinese are their biggest tourist market and Siam Bioscience, local producer of AZ, is owned by rich Thais? Is money and politics driving this at the expense of the Thai people? I don’t know. I’m asking.

    You have other vaccines that appear to work well yet they aren’t approved. Pfizer, Moderna and J&J (similar to the AZ vaccine) to name a few.

    The USA CDC (and most of the rest of the world) has approved these other jabs. Does Thailand know something we don’t?

    Why would Pfizer, Moderna and J&J give up their patent protection under these circumstances?

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    Ben

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:06 am

    We see news stories like this everyday. 3.5 million doses arriving today. 10 million doses acquired yesterday.

    It would be more useful to give cumulative totals similar to testing and deaths. If Thailand needs 100 million doses to vaccinate 70% of its population then how many cumulative doses have been purchased, delivered/produced in country and put into arms, by vaccine.

    I also saw a story where 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine that has been pursued will be given to teenagers. WTF? It’s probably the most effective vaccine at keeping people from becoming seriously ill so why are you giving it to the population that’s least likely to get sick instead of to the population that’s most likely to get sick like the elderly and those with health issues?

    The Pfizer jab will be the most sought after jab in Thailand. My guess is the Hi-So’s will pay top dollar and scoop up the majority of the supply.

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    Paul

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:03 am

    @EdwardV – sinovac is being given free as part of a trading deal.. thats whats going on.. read the news.. then as you say.. it does not work.

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    Dr. Sanjava

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    CCP vaccine? No thanks! For all we know they most likely created the CCP coronavirus as well!

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    Simon Small

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    “… Siam Bioscience, local producer of AZ, is owned by rich Thais?”

    No, Ben, Siam BioScience isn’t owned by “rich Thais”.

    It’s owned by one man. Google is your friend.

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    Prasert

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    The old adage “Garbage in, Garbage out” comes to mind

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I never cease to be amazed at how “low” Thais will go when buying something new.

    A vaccine that is 50.4% effective.

    Unless it’s free, it isn’t worth the money. And 50% isn’t going to reign in the outbreak.

    The government is demonstrating at every opportunity, how useless and inept they are.

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    BJoe

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6:20 am

    So like the junta to order the cheap, less effective stuff from the CCP, while still contemplating approval for Pfizer,, Johnson and Johnson, and Moderna vaccines.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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