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As news that US may acquire its first shipment of Covid vaccines in mid-December, Thailand may have to wait to share the vaccines as they will likely be made available to the US and Japan first, before the rest of the world. Pfizer and Moderna recently announced their vaccines were about 95% effective, with some countries starting to preorder the vaccines despite shipment challenges that include maintaining a low temperature during transport.

Already, the US and Japan have preordered 300 and 120 million doses respectively, according to Kiat Ruxrungtham, the director of Covid-19 vaccine research and development project of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University. But Thailand may have other options as Kiat said 11 other pharmaceutical companies are developing the vaccine that could be distributed on a large scale. Out of Thailand’s 7 potential Covid-19 vaccines, 2 have successfully completed the animal testing stage and will proceed to human testing starting in April 2021.

However, Kiat says BioNet-Asia Co’s vaccine may be lagging behind due to the short supply of vaccine precursors, as many have been bought by bigger companies. He adds that a team has been testing Cu-Cov19, an mRNA vaccine, on macaques at Chulalongkorn University’s National Primate Research Centre in Saraburi with BioNet-Asia being the centre’s partner.

He said the project does not had sufficient funding from the government, but the state is finding ways to preorder vaccines from Covax, a company working with the World Health Organization and cooperating with AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Today, Thailand’s CCSA reports 2 new imported cases of Covid, 1 of which is a 5 month old Indian baby girl, bringing the total number of cases to 3,922 with 0 new deaths. The Centre for Covid Situation Administration reported that the girl arrived on November 11 on the same flight as 2 previously confirmed cases. The baby tested positive 5 days later, while displaying symptoms such as a fever and vomitting.

 

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    “Thailand may have to wait for US vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna” – God, I hope so!

    Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines appear no more effective at stopping the effects of the virus than AstraZeneca’s, far less effective at stopping transmission (if they do so at all), and are massively more difficult to store, transport and distribute, at well over ten times the price!

    If Thailand has to wait, then so much the better.

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      Stephen Westrip

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      The Thaiger – stop Isaan John spreading lies. He obviously hasn’t read an independent science or medical journal. He is spouting nonsense about vaccines, non of which have even been through the regulatory approval process.

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        Strider

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:05 am

        Agreed!

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          RA

          Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:08 am

          Agree with you! Please stop this nonsense from Isaan John. I think he’s been warned before.

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    Mike

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Thais should wait for vaccines from China 😀

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      B.T.

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      China ordered from Russia.

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    ray

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    It seems the international community is working on a vaccination passport which will be globally recognized. Of course, nobody can answer at the moment what Thailand’s policy will be for travelers holding such a passport. It would be wise for the government to already prepare a plan because some folks are getting a vaccine soon. Especially older people in Europe. It will be essential to restart the tourist industry to let these people in without the crazy requirements.

    The risks of letting vaccine passport holders in the country without quarantine is minimal. I understand that vaccination is not 100% protective, but combined with a negative test before travelling there will almost be zero risk when the airlines carry the same requirements.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      Actually, since the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines appear to offer NO protection from transmission but to mask the symptoms, the risk without quarantine to those who aren’t vaccinated has to be at best EXACTLY THE SAME and at worst considerably HIGHER.

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        Ben

        Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

        Issan, you keep saying that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines don’t offer any better protection against the virus than Astra Zeneca. Also these vaccines offer no protection from transmission.

        Vaccines are created so when you’re exposed to the virus it isn’t able to adhere to you. 95% (Moderna) or 90% (Pfizer) is better than 70% (Astra Zeneca) effectiveness. It appears that Ray is correct if you test negative and are vaccinated then you aren’t a very small risk to the Thai people that haven’t been vaccinated.

        I’m not criticizing your position. I don’t understand it. Can you enlighten me in layman’s terms?

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        Nipral

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:19 am

        You should see a schrink quickly !!!

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        Ray

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:10 pm

        It is true that it still has to be found out how contagious vaccinated people are when they carry the virus. However, when they contract it, it will not be more than a very small amount and short-lived because it can’t multiply within the cells. Recently they filmed for the first time actual virus multiplication within a cell. It is frightening to see. But for this to happen it seems people have been exposed to the virus in large quantities for a certain period. The vaccine will stop this multiplication.

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    Yan

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Pro-active thinking is not “Thai”…

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    AI

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Search engine this
    PFIZER (WHO IS MAKING YOUR CV VACCINE) AGREES TO CRIMINAL PLEA …TO PAY $2.3 BILLION

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Let them wait.
    Thailand has treated foreigners very badly.
    They brag about how they are keeping infection out -especially from foreigners.
    Fine you are not having the vaccine.
    Thai have not an original thought in their heads. They rip off foreign ideas and inventions.
    Invent your own vaccine Thailand.

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      Pierre

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:43 am

      Thailand doesn’t need the vaccine as it seems that the virus is not able to affect the Thai population. Don’t remember I’ve heard about any Thai’s caught the virus in Thailand?
      Its all “imported” cases.

      Not even asymptomatic cases (you know those without fever, running noses, cough, etc.) that cannot be caught by just testing for fever as I understand is the most used “mass testing” tool used in Thailand.

      In the Nordic countries in Europe most covid-19 cases has been asymptomatic and is only caught because you can just go and get tested. No symptoms needed, no appointment with the doctor needed. You simply just show up and get tested. This is the case in many other countries and therefore you will have high numbers of cases, but many of them are asymptomatic.

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    Nipral

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:16 am

    As expected the Thai genius government did not preorder any vaccine unlike most countries did, including developing ones !
    To govern is to forsee. But of course this phony government does not govern.

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    Stefan

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    What a catastrophising and prejudiced article!

    “Somehow governments and health authorities are going to have to wind back much of the disinformation floating around the internet about vaccines that is so factually out of whack with reality, it’s going to be one of the greatest public health challenges of all time, to reassure people about the science of vaccines and vaccination.”

    => heavy metals such as mercury are in each and every vaccine, and it’s *not* factually out of whack with reality that heavy metals in the body can lead to lifelong problems.

    Maybe the author of this article is out of whack with reality.

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      Ray

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Typical example of misinformation circulating on social media. Anti-vaxxers jump to conclusions without knowing the whole story. The mercury based compounds in vaccines are diluted to such extend that they are harmless.

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      AI

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Stef! Indeed, it’s the contents of the vaccines (ANY vaccine) which are the problem. Mercury (or slyly hid as “Thimerasol”, plus aluminium and other types of toxic substances.

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