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Thailand Will Soon End The Use Of The Sinovac Vaccine

October 19, 2021

Thailand will end the usage of the Covid-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac when its modern-day inventory finishes, a senior Public Health Ministry reputable stated on Monday, having used the shot appreciably in aggregate with Western-developed vaccines.
Thailand used over 31.5 million Sinovac doses when you consider that February, beginning with two doses to frontline workers, high-risk groups, and residents of Phuket, the excursion island that reopened to vacationers in July in a pilot scheme.
In July, Thailand commenced inoculating human beings with Sinovac as a first dose accompanied by using the Oxford University-developed AstraZene”We anticipate to have disbursed all Sinovac doses this week,” stated Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the Department of Disease Control director-general, including the software will change to combining the AstraZeneca vaccine with that made with the aid of Pfizer and BioNTech.
Thailand subsequent yr plans to purchase a hundred and twenty million Covid-19 vaccine doses incomplete and has already booked 60 million doses of AstraZeneca, a vaccine it manufactures locally.
Thailand has stated it will solely procure vaccines high-quality in opposition to new variants.ca. Thailand was once the first us of to mix Chinese and Western shots, an approach its fitness officers stated has proved effective.
It has so a ways vaccinated 36% of the estimated seventy-two million humans who stay in Thailand and hopes to attain 70% through year-end.
U. s . is forging in advance with a quarantine-free reopening format subsequent month of 17 provinces to vaccinated arrivals from low-risk countries. Included will be locations like Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.
Thailand has recorded almost 1.8 million instances and 18,336 fatalities overall, greater than 98% in the past seven months.

New Vaccine Will Be Offered In November

October 10, 2021

In November, the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine will be offered to students aged 12-17 as part of the school reopening plan. The vaccine is said to have fatal consequences within two years for all recipients.
One message, posted by several youth groups against Pfizer’s vaccination program, claimed the vaccine would result in young people dying within two years after being injected with it, according to Chawetsan Namwat, director of the Emergency Health Hazard, and Disease Control Division.
Several parents have expressed their reluctance to consent to their children being vaccinated because of this claim, he said.
Covid-19, developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, has been proven to meet the safety standards for vaccine development and production and is used widely in both countries.
In Thailand, about 3.6 million young people have signed up to be vaccinated, and the first batch of 1.8 million doses of the vaccine has already been distributed to provinces. More than 1.5 million doses will be available next week, and more supplies of the same vaccine will arrive later, he said.
So far, just over one hundred fifty thousand students have received a vaccination, according to the Center for College Situation Administration (CCSA).
Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said three cases of heart muscle inflammation have been detected among these recipients and all have recovered following prompt treatment.
According to Dr. Chawetsan, vaccination of school students isn’t the main requirement for resuming onsite learning. Instead, compliance with Covid-19 regulations is.
Additionally, students must wear masks at school and maintain social distance, he said, in addition to receiving vaccinations for almost all employees.
Amporn Pinasa, secretary-general of the office, previously advised in-school learning to be resumed if vaccination coverage reached 85% or higher.

Thai Government Signs Deal With AstraZeneca To Get Millions Of COVID Vaccine

October 1, 2021

According to a new deal signed with AstraZeneca, Thailand will purchase 60 million vaccines next year to use as a booster shot for the third vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health has signed a contract with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer to acquire the booster shots over the course of 3 quarters in 2022.
The signing was accompanied by a ceremony attended by Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul and Department of Disease Director-General Control Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, as well as representatives from AstraZeneca Thailand.
The first-quarter delivery of 15 million vaccines is planned, followed by a second delivery of 30 million vaccines in the second quarter. The remaining 15 million vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2022.
Under the contract with AstraZeneca, Thailand will pay AstraZeneca 18 billion baht for 60 million vaccines. A vaccine costs 300 baht.
The contract with AstraZeneca allows Thailand to switch to any newer version of the Covid-19 vaccine that is developed by the producers between now and the estimated delivery date. A second-generation vaccine is already being developed.
AstraZeneca vaccines produced locally by Siam Bioscience, a subsidiary of Crown Property Bureau, were not mentioned in the MCOT report. The local production was supposed to produce 10 million vaccines a month for use in Thailand while exporting more to Southeast Asia, a plan that has been controversial and controversial.
Thailand has recently received AstraZeneca vaccines through donations from Japan and Singapore.

Thai FDA Considers Approving COVID-19 Vaccine For 3 Years-Old And Up

September 9, 2021

Thai Food and Drug Administration said it will consider a request from Sinopharm’s local representatives in Thailand to use their vaccine for children ages 3 and older. Biogenie Tech Co distributes the Sinopharm vaccine in Thailand and has requested permission to lower the age group for which the vaccine is approved, from 18 years old to children aged 3 and older.
Deputy Secretary-General of the FDA says their committee is considering the request and whether the vaccine is effective and safe enough to lower the age limit. They promise to confirm or deny the request within 30 days. With both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the youngest age for vaccination is currently 12 years old.
Pfizer plans to start inoculating 4 million students with vaccines next month to make classroom learning a safe possibility sooner rather than later. 50,000 students are being signed up for Sinopharm vaccines as a result of Chulabhorn Royal Academy’s opening.
Educational institutions can request vaccines for their students on the application, with the goal of getting them vaccinated as fast as possible, in hope of building immunity in schools as students return to in-person learning.
Starting on September 20, 2021, the academy will announce the inoculation schedule after registration opens.

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The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok Does Not Like Criticism of COVID-19 Chinese Vaccine Sinovac

September 5, 2021

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok does not like the criticism against Sinovac, a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. The embassy’s spokesman said in a Facebook post yesterday: “Each Chinese vaccine is a symbol of the Chinese people and government’s genuine friendship with the Thai government and people.”
China’s Embassy highlighted that the vaccine is FDA approved, WHO approved, and has undergone rigorous research and testing, as well as human trials, in the defense of its quality and efficacy. The Sinovac officials say they have been monitoring Covid-19 variants and studying the effects of its vaccination.
The Chinese Embassy cited studies by Chile’s Public Health Ministry and Indonesia’s government as evidence of its efficacy. Researchers in Chile reported on August 5 that Sinovac was 86% effective in preventing death or serious illness for people hospitalized with Covid-19. Sinovac was 92% to 95% effective in preventing infected patients from dying in an Indonesian study the next day.
The Sinovac vaccine has shown to be weak at fighting the Delta variant of Covid-19, but it has been highly effective at reducing illness in infected patients and preventing their deaths. The Chinese Embassy requests that those who attempt to discredit the vaccine cease their harmful attacks.
Though they did say that despite the disparaging remarks, China would not stop its cooperation with Thailand in the fight against Covid-19.and that individuals in Thailand trying to discredit the vaccine are doing so without any scientific basis.
The post implied that these detractors should be grateful for China’s constant supply of vaccines to Thailand despite China’s own need for vaccines with demand far exceeding production. China is portrayed in the post as Thailand’s ally in the fight against Covid-19.

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Thai Bits: Phang Nga Opening To Travelers Delayed To August 15, 2021, Thai August Vaccination Plan To Include People and Expats 18 and Up

August 3, 2021

Phang Nga Reopening To Be Delayed To August 15

The opening of Phang Nga to overseas travelers has been postponed until August 15, 2021, and the extension to the Phuket Sandbox, which includes a sealed route to Phang Nga, has been postponed indefinitely.
Initially, the province’s reopening to foreign tourists under the “Phang Nga Prompt” campaign was set for August 1, but the plan has not yet been approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
As a result of the move, local and national disease control measures have been tightened. With the exception of emergency vehicles and those delivering medicine or other essential supplies, both Phuket and Phang Nga are closing their borders to the general public. As a spokesperson for the CCSA stated, “entry to the province is prohibited by land, air, and sea.”
After their first seven days, travelers who are immunized against Covid-19 can enter Phuket and travel to approved islands in Phang Nga, Surat Thani, and Krabi with the “Phang Nga Prompt” travel scheme. Before traveling to other islands, travelers would need to test negative for Covid-19.
Within the province of Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao are among the islands. In Krabi province, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, and Railay Beach are among the islands.
In addition, Jamroen Thippayaphongthada, governor of Phang Nga, announced Friday that the province’s “integration with Mor Chana contact tracing platform is not yet completed” and a new cluster of Covid-19 has been detected. In Phang Nga, 19 cases of Covid-19 were reported today, four yesterday, and 41 recently. The governor says officials need more time to “publicize disease control measures at the community level.”
It was estimated earlier that the reopening scheme would attract 20,000 tourists to the province in the first month and generate more than 2.6 billion baht.

Thailand Vaccination Plan For August Includes People and Expats 18 And Up

Thailand’s mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is now open to the general public who are at least 18 years old, including foreign residents. Those who are 60 and over and those with underlying conditions that could put them at risk of severe infection if they contract Covid-19 are still given priority.
Thailand plans to have 80% of Bangkok residents vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of this month as well as 70% of residents in other 28 “dark-red” provinces, says deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Recently, the Ministry of Public Health has adjusted its vaccination plan, extending it, of course, to the general public.”
In the Thai government’s immunization campaign, 17.8 million doses of Covid-19 have been administered. Thailand’s tourist islands Phuket and Koh Samui, which are of considerable economic importance, were given priority during the campaign. Vaccinations were accelerated on these islands in advance of the July offer of “Phuket Sandbox” and “Samui Plus” travel schemes.
Thailand’s government has focused its efforts on vaccinating vulnerable groups in high-risk areas, particularly those in Bangkok, the epicenter of the recent virus wave. The virus has reached record levels recently, and the Delta variant has been detected.
Vaccination plan for August 2021:
80% of residents in Bangkok, Thailand’s epicenter of the latest wave of Covid-19.
70% of residents in the other 28 “dark red” provinces are under maximum and strict control.
50% of residents in other provinces.

According to Natapanu, around 12,000 foreign residents (there are 300,000 Expats in Thailand) were vaccinated against Covid-19 under the Thai government’s campaign, including elderly ex-pats, those with underlying conditions, teachers, diplomats, and those involved with international organizations.
In addition to 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the United States to Thailand, 150,000 doses have been allocated to foreign residents.
Natapanu says people 60 and older, as well as those with one of the specified underlying conditions, still have priority. Those who registered in the previous phase are still in the system and will be contacted soon.
After it was launched, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Health’s website had an apparent data breach where names, emails, and registration numbers were exposed, a similar problem to the previous registration site ThailandIntervac.com.
According to Tanee Sangra, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nearly 17,000 foreigners registered for the Covid-19 vaccine via the site despite the glitch.

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AztraZeneca Thailand Writes Letter To The People Of Thailand

July 25, 2021

Covid-19 infections in Thailand have exploded out of control, and bad news keeps coming out of the vaccine supply and distribution chains, so the managing director of AstraZeneca Thailand penned an open letter to the people of Thailand. In it, he gave a brief overview of the manufacturing process, the efforts made to supply more vaccines, and some encouragement to the Thai public.
As James Teague begins his letter, he acknowledges the tough circumstances Thailand faces in the face of Covid-19, with rising infection numbers and widespread outbreaks of the more contagious and somewhat vaccine-resistant Delta variant. AstraZeneca, according to the letter, communicates continuously with the Department of Disease Control about the situation and how best to help and reiterates its commitment to manufacturing vaccines as quickly as possible.
To make the AstraZeneca vaccine, living ingredients have to be grown and harvested, which is a difficult process. Unlike a synthetic process, the exact amount of usable material cannot be guaranteed, so the outcome can be unpredictable. Especially in a new supply chain just getting started, Teague emphasized this.
According to AstraZeneca, they should be able to produce 5 to 6 million vaccines per month for Thailand, barring any disruption to the supply chain. Thus far, they have delivered 9 million vaccines and will give the Ministry of Public Health an additional 2.3 million doses next week.
Taking advantage of the vaccine shortages and the growing threat from the Delta variant, AstraZeneca is optimizing the manufacturing process in Thailand’s domestic producer, Siam Bioscience, wholly owned by Crown Property Bureau. They believe they can increase production if they harvest the biological materials well. Moreover, the letter promises to search for any vaccines that could be diverted to Southeast Asia by the AstraZeneca global supply chain of more than 20 manufacturers.
Teague then reiterated AstraZeneca’s commitment to fighting Covid-19, which he says they do for the benefit of the global population without turning a profit. In a new Canadian study, AstraZeneca vaccines are 87% effective in preventing death and hospitalization. He also praised the generosity of Thai people, citing a poll showing a third of all Thai people have donated to people in need during Covid-19.
In the letter’s closing statement, the author advocates uniting to spread education and vaccines throughout Southeast Asia, which may be a subtle defense of the growing frustration people in Thailand have with all vaccine exports until they have access to AstraZeneca vaccines.

WHO Sort of Endorses Thai Plan To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines

July 17, 2021

Even though the World Health Organization’s chief scientist warned against mixing vaccines, a WHO representative said afterward that his organization was not opposed to Thailand’s mix and match strategy. Officials have approved a plan to administer booster shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine to those who have received 2 doses of Sinovac already, beginning with those most at risk. As the Delta variant of Covid-19 becomes dominant in Thailand, the Sinovac vaccine is less effective.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO Chief Scientist had highlighted the danger of mixing vaccines as very little testing and observation on the practice exists yet resulting in almost no data on the subject so far.
The Thai doctor says, “It’s a little bit of a dangerous trend. We are in a data-free, evidence-free zone when it comes to mixing and matching. When citizens decide when and who will take a second, third, and fourth dose, it will be a chaotic situation in countries.”
Following Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee’s approval of the booster shot method mixing vaccines, WHO’s acting representative in Thailand issued a more muted warning. According to them, Soumya’s statement was more about the risk of insufficient data and the danger of untrained individuals mixing and matching vaccines. In contrast, national public health sectors that collaborate with government agencies have access to data and research that can help them make more informed decisions.
With proper research and careful monitoring, the risk of the unknown with mixing vaccines is reduced. Thailand has currently approved administering an AstraZeneca vaccine 3 to 4 weeks after an initial single Sinovac dose. They have also greenlit an AstraZeneca booster shot for frontline workers and medical staff after over 600 hospital workers vaccinated with 2 Sinovac doses got Covid-19 infections.
Thailand’s health officials confirmed that the decision to mix Sinovac and AstraZeneca came as a result of peer-reviewed local research carried out in Thailand, and manuals would be produced to educate the public and also the staff at vaccination sites.

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Thai Government Wants To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines, But Critics Think That Is A Bad Idea

July 15, 2021

In an effort to ease public concern about the use of the untested strategy, a virologist and adviser to Thailand’s government endorsed a plan to mix doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac coronavirus vaccines.
While no research has been released specifically about mixing the two types, an increasing number of countries are looking into mix-and-match approaches to protect against highly transmissible variants, with Vietnam the latest.
Yong Poovorawan, a virology expert at Chulalongkorn University, said 1,200 people in Thailand had already received the Sinovac-AstraZeneca combination — in a different order — mainly because of allergic reactions that required them to change vaccines.
Yong said there were no serious side effects, which indicates that it is safe to use.
Researchers reported that a shot of the inactivated vaccine from Sinovac followed by a shot of AstraZeneca’s viral vector vaccine resulted in a similar buildup of antibodies to receiving two doses of the AstraZeneca shot.
Thailand recently announced it would adopt the combination.
Critics, however, called that risky.
“Thai people are not being used as test subjects,” said Rewat Wisutwet, a doctor and member of the Seri Ruam Thai Party.
Nearly 700 comments were posted on Facebook by health authorities in Nonthaburi, a province bordering Bangkok, about offering the Sinovac-AstraZeneca mix to 20,000 people.
One post read: “I’m not a lab mouse.” Another said: “This is like playing with people’s lives.”
“If the first dose is Sinovac, please cancel it.” wrote another.
China’s Sinovac did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the Thai plan, while AstraZeneca said vaccine policy was up to each country.
Nearly 700 comments were posted on Facebook by health authorities in Nonthaburi, a province bordering Bangkok, about offering the Sinovac-AstraZeneca mix to 20,000 people.
One post read: “I’m not a lab mouse.” Another said: “This is like playing with people’s lives.”
“If the first dose is Sinovac, please cancel it.” wrote another.
The Chinese vaccine manufacturer Sinovac did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the Thai plan recently, and AstraZeneca said vaccine policy was up to each country.

Vaccinated Expats Can Now Come To Phuket Without Being Quarantined

July 2, 2021

For the first time in over 15 months, Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket is allowing vaccinated international travelers to enter without quarantine restrictions.
On July 1, at around 11 a.m., 25 passengers arrived at Phuket International Airport on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi. It was the first of four flights due to arrive on Thursday, carrying approximately 400 vaccinated tourists from Doha, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi as part of the new “Phuket Sandbox” program.
For the first time in over 15 months, Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket is allowing vaccinated international travelers to enter without quarantine restrictions.
On July 1, at around 11 a.m., 25 passengers arrived at Phuket International Airport on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi. It was the first of four flights due to arrive on Thursday, carrying approximately 400 vaccinated tourists from Doha, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi as part of the new “Phuket Sandbox” program.
The July 1 opening is viewed as largely symbolic, and not expected to lead to a windfall in tourism numbers.
Phiphat estimates about 100,000 international tourists will arrive in Phuket during the first three months of reopening, generating around 9 billion baht in revenue.
Off the island, the country continues to battle its third and worst Covid-19 wave since the start of the pandemic. On Thursday, Thailand reported a record-high 57 Covid-19 deaths and 5,533 new cases, mostly in Bangkok.
The total death toll stands at 2,080 since the start of the pandemic.
However, Phiphat says “Phuket is currently perfectly fit for travel” despite the rise in overall coronavirus cases in Thailand.
“If you look at the nationwide infection number, we would say we are not ready. If you focus only on Phuket, where we have laid our groundwork for more than three months, I would say that Phuket is 100% ready,” he said.
The reopening plan was reliant on efforts to vaccinate 70% of the island’s residents. More than 80% of the island’s population have been vaccinated with at least one dose, and about 65% were fully vaccinated as of June 30, according to Phuket’s public relations office.
Domestic travelers entering Phuket must have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine or two doses of other brands, or have recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days.
Otherwise, they need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test conducted within seven days prior to their arrival.
these steps were taken to prevent infections from spreading to the island, with officials threatening to postpone Phuket’s reopening if daily Covid-19 cases rose into double digits on the island.
Phiphat says, if successful, officials will use the Phuket trial as a blueprint to open nine more popular tourist destinations on October 1: Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Petchaburi, Prachuap Kiri Khan, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani and Buriram.
Currently, Bangkok and five other provinces are under coronavirus restrictions for 30 days that came into effect on June 28 following a rise in Covid-19 cases.
Outside of Phuket, all incoming travelers must quarantine for 14 days in an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.
For those who do wish to fly into Phuket, a list of conditions must be met.
Only travelers coming from pre-approved countries or territories are permitted to enter, and are required to stay in an accredited hotel for 14 days before traveling elsewhere in the country.
Visitors must apply for a Certificate of Entry. They will also need to provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000, a negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours of departure and a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine administered no less than 14 days before their travel date.
Upon entering the country, travelers need to go through a series of screening checkpoints at the airport and will be subjected to a Covid-19 swab test. They will then need to await the results at their hotel before they are permitted to travel freely on the island. On day seven of their visit, they’ll be required to undergo a second Covid-19 test.
A full list of requirements can be found on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website.

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