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Thailand’s PM says he won’t let Thais become vaccine “guinea pigs”




Thailand’s PM is saying he won’t let Thai people become vaccine “guinea pigs” in his Facebook post today as he points to reports of serious negative side effects that some people have suffered after getting jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will wait for more information from the experts about whether such side effects were attributed to the vaccine solely, or other factors.

“For Thai people, I decided not to take the risk and will not rush to inoculate with vaccines which have not been fully tested and will not let Thai people become guinea pigs.”

He says the National Vaccine Committee will advise the government and closely supervise the use of Covid-19 vaccines in the country once they are rolled out. As the vaccines are not yet available, he reiterated the importance of taking precautions such as wearing face masks when leaving home, practising social distancing and abstaining from gatherings, particularly political ones.

The government has reported 374 new cases of Covid-19 in the kingdom today, with all but 10 being locally-transmitted. Now, the total has risen to 12,000 cases since the pandemic began.

A government spokesman is also saying that PM Prayut is worried about people’s health as the weather has taken a turn for the cold.  He also affirmed the importance of imposing measures under the Emergency Decree and Thailand’s Communicable Disease Act in order to help curb the recent Covid second wave. He is also reminding the public to download the Thai Chana and Mor Chana apps.

Thailand has ordered 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from a variety of sources, with the first shipment of 200,000 doses to arrive in February. Those vaccines are from China’s Sinovac Biotech. In March, another 800,000 doses are scheduled to arrive and another million by April.

The government has also pre-ordered 26 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, using vaccine technology transfer to allow local production by Thailand’s local company, Siam Bio Science.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Uneducated third world savages.
    Reports today that everyone in the UK over 18 will hopefully have been vaccinated by end of June.
    Meanwhile, Thailand can’t make up it’s mind what to do, with all the economic destruction that unleashes on large parts of its population.
    No action is not an option, with new more contagious variants of the virus being discovered by the week.

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      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      Hardly uneducated, the UK and US completely, and repeatedly, botched their response to C19, unlike Thailand and many ASEAN countries. The UK and US needs to vaccinate ASAP regardless of limited vaccine testing and unknown consequences. Thailand and most ASEAN countries have the luxury of letting other so called first world countries be the guinea pigs for a change. Sounds pretty smart to me.

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        Bangkok Joe

        Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:57 am

        Buying vaccine from China….Smart ? Test kits from China…Smart ?

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      … as the UK “hopefully” had a “world beating” track’n’trace system that was useless, and “hopefully” had 10,000,000 tests a day but never managed more than 300,000.

      FFS, it’s taken the UK over a year to realise that masks need to be worn, the airports need to be closed and people quarantined, and they still can’t get that right.

      It’s invidious to compare countries, but it’s way beyond moronic to hold the UK up as a shining example of anything other than how NOT to handle the Covid crisis.

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        James R

        Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm

        Laos John

        Just wait and see, maybe the truth one day will come out about the real numbers in Thailand.

        You do wear masks there but as I could see when I was in Phuket last year for seven months people still bunched together in crowds at supermarkets rubbing shoulders with each other as they picked up, handled and put back fruit etc in the food displays.

        It was impossible to avoid people while shopping etc.

        You believe the figures published by the dictatorial government there?

        Plus the chap in this article is just covering his ar*e, they do not have any vaccines to dish out as the vaccines are on order and the order is at the back of the long long queue.

        Lets see what you say about the west once you are using our vaccines in maybe a years time from now.

        I suppose a rate of testing 300,000 is better than testing hardly anybody as is the case in Thailand?

        A head in the sand approach is just stupid.

        As you mentioned moronic, you live in the poorest most uneducated part of Thailand, I suppose you may seem clever there, just like a one eyed man in the land of the blind can be top dog.

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          Issan John

          Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:48 am

          James R, if you had the remotest idea what you were talking about and if even one thing you said was vaguely correct you may be able to make a valid point – but you don’t.

          To get the most obvious out of the way first, Thailand isn’t buying any of “your” vaccines or “at the back of a long, long queue”. It’s manufacturing the AZ vaccine here under licence and (probably) buying other vaccines – but not “yours”.

          … and “no”, I don’t think the UK’s failed attempt at mass testing is “better” than targeted testing, like Thailand, and (rather more significantly) neither do any of the UK’s leading scientists and epidemiologists who’ve said that it is a complete waste of time and money.

          … and ‘yes’ people here bunch together in supermarkets, particularly when the risk is low, but they’re wearing masks and washing hands, so 2 out of 3, and protecting each other rather more than the UK where its 0 out of 3.

          … and ‘yes’ I do “believe the figures published” because they’re not only backed up by all the other figures and everything on social media, which is all very easily available and open, but by direct personal knowledge of cases in my own province which I know to be 100% correct.

          I agree 100%, though, that “a head in the sand approach is just stupid”, learning nothing not only from your own experience but everyone else’s experience too.

          Sadly, that’s what the UK has done for the past year – not just the appallingly incompetent government, but many (although to be fair far from all) of the appallingly selfish people.

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            James R

            Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm

            The last time I looked the AZ vaccine is a vaccine from the West so you tripped yourself up again there.

            But good luck with waiting for Thailand to be able to copy the vaccine and make it there, I doubt if that will work.

            But it has been reported in the Thai press the government there have ordered tens of millions of western vaccines including the Oxford vaccine so you got your facts wrong agin there.

            You have also ordered the Chinese vaccine, you might get that as there will be no demand for it outside of China. But it might end up killing you all.

            The people here are working very well together, the hospitals are fantastic and free.

            Lets see when the truth comes out down the line, we will see how many tens of thousand have died in Thai villages of ‘old age’ etc and gone unreported due to the fact no one is being tested.

            Try getting you facts correct as we are not as all dim as the people you mix with in Issan-Laos, the most uneducated part of Thailand.

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        London Al

        Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:43 pm

        For once I agree with you, UK has been and still is a shambles

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      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      I’ll take my chances with the China Flu. I have no intention to take the vaccine….period

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      David Fisher

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      You are quite un-informed and maybe a phobic.
      Only 70 have died in Thailand since the start out of 70 Million.
      The PM has made a very wise decision.

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    Thomas Gotschalk

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Brilliant and very wise decision by the Prime Minister, which I can fully support.

    In a country like Thailand with only 70 covid-related deaths in a year, out of a population of over 67 million, why get a vaccine at all?

    That said, if Covid19/21/23 or whatever, would ever turn into becoming a more serious health-threat, I would prefer a traditional vaccine such as the Chinese or Russian.

    As of now, I’d rather get Covid19 a 100 times than taking the experimental mRNA vaccines.

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      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Brilliant and very wise decision from a dictator who start to vaccine people in order to fully tested it? and you fully support it because he stop it now because of serious side effects? how you feel being part of his propaganda?

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:59 pm

        Who, exactly, did he “start to vaccine in order to fully tested it?”

        What utter nonsense.

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          Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:26 pm

          My mistake oooh lord Issan John from thethaiger, as you can see English isn’t my main language and I wrongly understood that they started to vaccinate Thai people like in Indonesia. For all the answers you wrote through that website YOU are the one who live in la-la land, you have no objective thoughts.

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            Issan John

            Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

            You hardly need to be a native English speaker to know that Thailand is not Indonesia.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      I don’t know about a “brilliant and very wise” decision as he’s obviously been reading my comments about “guinea pigs”.

      Cheeky bar-steward!

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        Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

        cynical retired man behind his screen who has nothing else to do than reading the thaiger all day long.

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      London Al

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      “If Covid becomes a more serious health threat”, maybe Mr Gotschalk missed this but Covid has contributed to the deaths of over 2 million people, these vaccines are not experimental, they’ve been fast tracked for obvious reasons, and they have been correctly regulated by extremely clever and responsible people who I suspect know a little bit more about the subject than he does.

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        Issan John

        Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:05 am

        Sorry, London A1, but actually they ARE “experimental” – read the conditions of approval given by those “extremely clever and responsible people” you’re talking about.

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      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Agree, vaccines have a very bad history starting with the Polio vaccine containing *SV40 cancer causing monkey virus and Bill Gates’s vaccines being banned from India for containing sterilize agents.

      *officially admitted by the US government.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Thailand’s low rate of infection (comparatively) gives the country the opportunity to wait and consider. It is the same in my country. While we all hope to achieve normal life again, we don’t want to distribute vaccines that won’t work or that do more harm than good. Sadly, other countries where the virus is running rampant, feel the need to get vaccines out there (any vaccine) to do something to control the virus. Would youblame these countries? They are losing thousands of lives every day.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Too late PM! those who have already been vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine are “Guinea Pigs”. And from the last report Sinovac vaccine falls from 78% to 50% effectiveness. It’s good to know that it has side effect now…let’s continue to do business with this them though.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Again, who exactly are you talking about?

      Nobody in Thailand has “already been vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine”.

      You’re in la-la land.

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      Thomas Gotschalk

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      @Eska OMG, does the Sinovac “only” provide 50% effectiveness? That means you still have 0.0025% chance of dying. (Given you’re infected in the first place)

      What a joke. Get over the covid-hysteria. The best “protection” is probably to get infected ASAP to get natural immunity. Unless you’re 80+ years old, or suffering from any serious diseases that is.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    “Singapore, the only high-income nation with which Sinovac has struck a deal, said it would go through official data when Sinovac releases it, rather than depending on efficacy reported so far, and then decide whether to approve it.

    Thailand, which has ordered 2 million doses of CoronaVac said it was still on track to receive and administer the vaccine starting next month, but added it would ask for information directly from Sinovac.” Reuters

    You have the answer.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      “the answer” to what?

      Thailand has said it will do exactly the same as Singapore and you’ve just quoted Reuters saying so!

      … and FWIW, Singapore is far from “the only high-income nation with which Sinovac has struck a deal”, unless you consider that the UAE and Bahrain aren’t high income.

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      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      Yup:The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been reviewed and endorsed for use in Singapore for individuals aged 16 and above.Dec 30, 2020.A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech will have to go through regulatory scrutiny and authorisation by Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) before it can be rolled out to the public, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday (Jan 13).
      This update follows the release of data on a Brazilian trial on Tuesday, which showed that the Sinovac vaccine was just 50.4 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infections. This barely meets the threshold for regulatory approval and is well below the rate announced last week.Shit shall no pass in Singapore.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    I prefer what the health minister said. But, won’t be the trail blazer.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Than get rid of the Chinese vaccine! Or is this another corrupt story? Make the Astra Zeneca vaccine come in quickly…don’t wait another day! Take your responsibility for once….And start ordering now the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well…

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Very wise decision. There are many reports of narly Side effects and even deaths, just look at Norway.. and your an complete idiot of you think that was a coincidence in any shape or form.

    Wait till more research is done and keep an close eye on the willing lab animals who live in a desperate state of panic and fear and don’t mind playing a game of Russian roulette on there own body. Myself and many others will cheer you on getting that needle first, while the rest of us will wait for an more improved and better researched juice. There are alot of sacrifices Im willing to make and have made for my fellow human being but this definitely ain’t going to be one of them

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      Gordon J.

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 3:31 am

      I don’t know anyone who is getting this vaccine for at least the next 6-12 months as none of my friends are willing to be lab rats. Myself included.

      Norway has already had 28 deaths of elderly people right after they were given the vaccine. Almost all other countries are reporting deaths, severe illness or side effects in some of those given the vaccine. At over 60 myself, no thanks. I’ll wait. Especially as there has never been a successful vaccine created for a coronavirus.

      The Chinese vaccine is beyond dodgy though, with a 50% effective rate (maybe?) making it basically useless and, more than likely something most countries won’t accept. That will mean those who are vaccinated with it may find themselves stuck in their own country a lot longer than the rest of us who would never even consider being vaccinated with Chinese garbage as airlines won’t allow them to board.

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      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4:37 am

      l agree ! Thailand’s PM is saying he won’t let Thai people become vaccine “guinea pigs” in his Facebook post today as he points to reports of serious negative side effects that some people have suffered after getting jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will wait for more information from the experts about whether such side effects were attributed to the vaccine solely, or other factors. UNQuote.

      lt`s been on the the news that now lots of medical staff and doctors are giving the 2nd dose of the Pfizer bio tech 3 MONTHS later and Pfizer themselves, who manufactured it, have clearly said that the right way to do it is 3 weeks later and that if it`s left as long as 3 months it will not be as effective and in fact l also heard fromanother source that the delay could even give the virus time to get more acclimatised and then evolve or mutate even more.

      l don`t know if that`s true but you hear all sorts of things – all from different ” experts”. l think Pfizer is the only one who is right in this andl was worried to see that an elderly, retired doctor, l think his name was Timothy Davis, was given the viccine, then told he would get the 2nd one in 3 weeks time but instead he got a letter saying that his 2nd one would now be in 3 months time and he was VERY worried himself about that !!

      And a healthcare worker in Portugal had a fatal reaction to it, just days after receiving it and the cause has yet to be established so l think the Thai PM is right to be cautious, Thailand`s universal health care system is excellent and very efficient so nothing should tarnish that reputation !

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    The decision to get vaccinated is voluntary, no one will be forced at gun point!
    If you have doubts, don’t get it.

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      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 3:18 am

      Well that’s true for now, but major airlines, festival organizations and more and more company’s cheering on the idea of walling off there services for non vaxers so people will be pressured into getting a shot or will not be able to do what others can, and that is quite alarming If you ask me. We are already witnessing the mass censoring and cancel purge going on right now, and basic human freedoms being stripped almost overnight sorta speak.

      I don’t mind a vaccine myself and had plenty already n the past, but this is just a whole different story and ballpark. The speed of it all, and the half ass trials is quite mind bending.

      We’re not talking about a bunch of pills here that comes with a nice little paper that has all the info you need so you can make a good decision for yourself or loved ones. This is an injectable that ones its in your body, it’s pretty much inreversable, and somehow There’s a whole selection of injectables fluids on the market right now and being rolled out worldwide as we speak. And getting any usable data and information, and especially for regular non tech folks is like a very complex because it’s all just very vague with all the numbers and stats they put out and apparently aren’t always correct and change often… The data is just not complete, and simply cannot be complete quite frankly. New vaccines need time and have to be monitored closely and comes with a lot of testing and trial and error over a long period of time to fine tune that miracle juice and that’s why it can take years to develop. Look at many vaccines we already have that show questionable data for there effectiveness, like the ordinary flu shot with around 40% or so I believe

      What assurance do you really have that there were no mistakes made or things overlooked? The trials they did where to small of scope, to short and not enough diversity of test subjects in age, underlying conditions etc. We’re talking about the wellbeing of billions of people here and just believing what is being told by company’s that already made sure that they are untouchable in the case it goes wrong? How about the same ” experts ” you see nowadays on TV everywhere and are being praised and worshipped like moviestars almost..

      It’s a ffing crazy time right now with a lot of things going on even besides covid and the vaccine, economies failing, hate and fighting everywhere, depression and suicides, drugs and alcohol abuse, numbers like we never seen before in every category worldwide. Welcome folks! Our destination is the twilight zone, so Buckle up, sit back and get ready for a wild flight with occasionally some severe turbulence

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    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I sometimes read these comments after reading an article and have realised what a pathetic bunch of people you all are with your opinions supposedly based on facts (there is no such thing, only interpretation), trying to outdo each other by belittling and imposing non-existent superiority. I bet most of you have no friends and your Thai partners definitely arent interested in your illusionary thoughts. Thaiger, please do everyone a favour, including mainly for these people regularly commenting, and get rid of these comments sections. Go and find a proper purpose in life ladies and gentlemen.

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      The Thaiger

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:54 am

      Thanks for commenting with your opinion and “non-existent superiority”.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm


      I would have thought that included the ability not to click on the “comments” box …

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Well if the Thais do not want to be vaccinated, it is up to them.
    Personally I would not let them have any vaccine. They think they know best.
    Good, carry on without the vaccine.
    The West are supplying a vaccine, yet they reject it. Like a dog that bites a hand that feeds it.
    Let them take their chances with their big friends the Chinese.
    Ungrateful peasants!

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:11 pm

      What vaccine are the West supplying that Thailand’s rejected?

      C’mon, Toby A, do tell 🙂

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        Tony Andrews

        Monday, January 18, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        “will not let Thai people become guinea pigs” the PM stated
        READ it up above!

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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Thailand will only have access to vaccines once producing countries vaccinate their own and no longer need it. Hence no chance as ‘guinea pigs’. A prolongation of economic suffering will be more beneficial than any vaccination program regardless.

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:13 pm

      Ummm … Thailand is a “producing country”.

      How many times do you need to be told?

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    James Pate

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4:07 am

    Not too worried. By the time it’s my turn, millions of guina pigs worldwide will have been vaccinated with a variety of vaccines. Yes, I think I would prefer Pfizer. Happy my J&J stock is up, for now anyway. I’ll take whatever I can get, even SinoVac.

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    Tim Adams

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Yeah that’s probably a good idea since this Covid isn’t even a reall health concern in Thailand.
    Covid death rate to nation population is 0.0001. And most of these deaths were people already I’ll with other issues.
    Use your common sense …

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hot off the press. UK has vaccinated 4.6 million people. Going at twice the pace of any european country.
    Two Thai private hospitals have ordered in vaccine for private sale.
    Bad news for flea ridden John and the other loser expats, cost will be 3200 baht.
    They will have to beg the Thai government to give them a jab of the dregs left over after the village has been vaccinated by 2023.
    Just hope some of the new fast spreading variants don’t get in from Malaysia.

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    abu nidal

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    force it on the THAIVISA MODERATORS… they suffer from GOD COMPLEX

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