COVID-19 vaccines update

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Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports.

May 29, 2021: A closer look at Sinopharm, Thailand’s first alternative vaccine

A closer look at Sinopharm, Thailand’s first alternative vaccine

A vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm looks set to become the first alternative jab available to Thais, as Chulabhorn Royal Academy prepares to import 1 million doses next month. On Friday (May 28), the Sinopharm shot became the fifth vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson brands.


May 28, 2021: Fully vaccinated taxi drivers now have ‘Vaccine’ sign on vehicle

Fully vaccinated taxi drivers now have ‘Vaccine’ sign on vehicle

With a green illuminated sign that reads “Vaccine” installed on top of the car, taxi drivers who have been fully vaccinated are earning more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing Director of Smart Taxi, Piset Thinnakorn na Ayutthaya, who came up with the idea of the sign, explained to Thai PBS that it is aimed at building confidence among commuters and encouraging taxi drivers to get inoculated.

One million Sinopharm vaccine doses to be delivered to Thailand in June

One million doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine will be delivered to Thailand next month, the Chulabhorn Royal Academy announced today (Friday), the same day on which Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) approved it for emergency use in the country.


China’s Sinopharm becomes fifth vaccine approved in Thailand

China’s state-owned Sinopharm vaccine has become the fifth brand to be approved for emergency use in Thailand by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA). “The Sinopharm vaccine is safe for people, is of good quality and is efficient. That’s why we have approved it,” said FDA Secretary-General Dr Paisal Dunkhum in a press conference today (Friday).

Govt., Chulabhorn Royal Academy reject unqualified company offers of COVID-19 vaccines

The Thai government has never been approached by a real estate company, which is claiming to have offered about 20 million doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine for sale to Thailand, Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said today (Friday).

Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines producing high antibody levels – SICRES

The immune response in those inoculated with either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines produce high levels of antibodies, similar to those in people who have recovered from the infection, according to Siriraj Institute of Clinical Research (SICRES).


May 27, 2021: Chulabhorn Royal Academy to procure alternative COVID-19 vaccines

Chulabhorn Royal Academy to procure alternative COVID-19 vaccines

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy is to procure alternative makes of COVID-19 vaccines, to supplement those being acquired by the government, without going through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO). The acquisition plan appears in an announcement, dated May 18 th and just published in the Royal Gazette.


May 25, 2021: Hong Kong could soon throw away millions of unused vaccine doses

Hong Kong could soon throw away millions of unused vaccine doses

Hong Kong may soon have to throw away millions of Coronavirus vaccine doses because they are approaching their expiry date and not enough people have signed up for the jabs, an official warned Tuesday. Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world fortunate enough to have secured more than enough doses to innoculate its entire population of 7.5 million people.

China’s Sinopharm applies for vaccine approval in Thailand

Thailand’s Food and Drug administration (FDA) revealed today (Tuesday) that all the necessary documents to seek approval for China’s state-owned Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine have been submitted, with a decision expected soon. Biogenetech is the Thai biopharmaceutical firm submitting the application for Sinopharm vaccine.


May 24, 2021: Moderna, Novavax to produce more COVID-19 vaccines in S.Korea

Moderna, Novavax to produce more COVID-19 vaccines in S.Korea

Moderna Inc and Novavax Inc entered into a deal with the South Korean government to manufacture their COVID-19 vaccines, as the country has been under pressure to secure more and faster deliveries of U.S.-made vaccines. Saturday’s agreements with the U.S. drugmakers came a day after U.S.

PM Prayut promotes confidence in Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is promoting public confidence in the Sinovac and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, the two brands currently being administered in Thailand. While receiving his second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine today (Monday) he said “I’m here to take the jab because I have confidence in the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.

2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be given 16 weeks after 1st dose

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has adjusted the timing for the administration of the second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, from 10 weeks after the initial injection to 16 weeks, so that the supply of vaccines can be distributed more widely, said Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiatiphum Wongrajit today (Monday).


May 23, 2021: Procurement of Pfizer, Moderna, J&J urged to cope with South African strain

Procurement of Pfizer, Moderna, J&J urged to cope with South African strain

A senior doctor, at Siriraj Centre of Research Excellence Management, is urging the government to procure the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines quickly, in preparation for the possible spread of the South African variant in southern Thailand.


May 22, 2021: All eyes on China’s Sinovac – Thailand’s vaccine choice for emergency

All eyes on China’s Sinovac – Thailand’s vaccine choice for emergency

Thailand has already imported 6 million doses of the vaccine – also known as CoronaVac – from China, including 500,000 jabs donated by the Chinese government. Next month, Thailand will take delivery of another 3 million doses of the Chinese vaccine. Most Thais who have been vaccinated received CoronaVac, which will soon be administered to several million more.

Compensation for Thais who die or sustain disabilities due to state provided COVID-19 vaccinations

The heirs of Thai citizens, who die from conditions directly related to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine provided by state agencies, will be eligible for initial compensation of up to 400,000 baht, payable by the National Health Security Office of Thailand (NHSO), according to an announcement by the NHSO published in the Royal Gazette on May 16th.


May 21, 2021: Fog of confusion over ‘walk-in jabs’ thickens in Thailand

Fog of confusion over ‘walk-in jabs’ thickens in Thailand

Thailand has been abuzz with talk of “walk-in vaccinations” for the past few weeks after top government figures indicated people could get jabs just by walking into vaccination centers. However, while the idea spurred interest, it also caused much confusion amid contradictory messages from authorities.

‘Mor Mai Thon’ doctors petition for more vaccine alternatives

A group of doctors, who call themselves “Mor Mai Thon”, which translates as “doctors won’t take it anymore”, has launched a petition on change.org, demanding that the Public Health Minister and related agencies stop delaying the importation and administration of alternative vaccines, before the Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads more widely in Thailand.

On-site vaccination facility to open Monday at Bang Sue Grand Station

The Bang Sue Grand Station has been designated, by the Transport Ministry, to be an on-site COVID-19 vaccination centre for about 370,000 workers in the public transport sector, such as bus, taxi and motorcycle taxi drivers, as well as those working for app-based delivery services.


May 20, 2021: on-site-covid-19-inoculation-program-replaces-walk-in

‘On-site’ COVID-19 inoculation program replaces ‘walk-in’

The Thai government has replaced its “walk-in” COVID-19 inoculation program with “on-site”, to avoid misunderstandings that vaccines can be administered right away on the same day. On-site inoculation is another option members of the public can access COVID-19 vaccination, in addition to Mor Prom online registration.

1.5 million Sinovac doses arrive in Thailand today, 3 million more in June

Another 1.5 million doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Thailand from China today (Thursday), making 6 million doses delivered so far, according to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok. The delivery of the eighth batch since February 24 th will be followed by three million more doses of the same vaccine in June.


May 18, 2021: The Covid-19 vaccine: should I get the shot or not?

The Covid-19 vaccine: should I get the shot or not?

Nine individuals t alk about their reasons for getting the vaccine and their hesitancy for doing so . They also share their vaccination experience Whether or not to be vaccinated is one of the hottest topics when it comes to Covid-19.


May 17, 2021: 6.39 million Thais have applied for COVID-19 vaccination

6.39 million Thais have applied for COVID-19 vaccination

About 6.39 million Thais have registered for COVID-19 vaccinations via the Mor Prom application, according to the Facebook page of the government’s app today (Monday). Of these, 715,446 are in Bangkok and the remaining 5,674,484 are scattering across the country, according to the Mor Prom Facebook page.

Public Health Ministry accepts more COVID-19 vaccine from China

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, accepted delivery of 500,000 more doses from China’s Sinovac from Yang Xin, Chargé D’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Thailand.


May 16, 2021: Bangkok to vaccinate half a million people this month, millions more this year

Bangkok to vaccinate half a million people this month, millions more this year

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is aiming to inoculate at least 500,000 people by the end of May, and as many as a million a month from June, said Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today (Sunday).


May 14, 2021: Thais first then most foreigners will be vaccinated later, possibly from August

Thais first then most foreigners will be vaccinated later, possibly from August

The Thai government has promised to vaccinate all residents of Thailand, including non-Thai citizens, but priority will be given to citizens first and non-citizens will possibly have to wait until August to register for vaccination, according to government officials. “Thailand has a policy to vaccinate everyone in the country, to achieve herd immunity.

Private hospitals ready to inject choice into Thailand’s COVID jab rollout

Currently, two COVID-19 vaccine brands are available under the Thai government’s free rollout, AstraZeneca and Sinovac, but recipients cannot choose which one they receive. Those who want to select a brand will have to wait until commercial “vaccine alternatives” arrive on the market.

Inmates nationwide expected to be inoculated in June

Thailand’s department of corrections is planning to inoculate all inmates nationwide, beginning with people at high-risk, such as those over 60, those with a high BMI and those with congenital diseases. The campaign is expected to begin in June, after the new lot of vaccines arrive.

Buriram province to penalize high-risk groups refusing COVID-19 vaccine

May 14, 2021 Individuals aged 18 and older in Buriram province deemed by the local authorities to be at risk of COVID-19 infection who refuse to get vaccinated, will be penalized, according to a provincial order published recently.


May 13, 2021: Phuket to open to fully vaccinated, COVID-19 free foreign tourists without quarantine in July

Phuket to open to fully vaccinated, COVID-19 free foreign tourists without quarantine in July

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will proceed with its plans to attract foreign tourists to the resort island of Phuket, without compulsory quarantine, starting July 1st this year, with flight promotions as an incentive. The plan offers the first quarantine-free option for international arrivals in Thailand since the pandemic started last year, to help the crippled tourism industry.

To jab or not to jab? Here’s why the answer should always be yes

To get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated is a question many Thais are still asking themselves, even as the COVID death toll rises each day. Deciding whether to get the jab becomes even more difficult when information is unavailable or confusing.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine approved by TFDA for emergency use in Thailand

The US-made Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) for emergency use, said the agency today (Thursday). It is the fourth vaccine approved by the TFDA for import into the country.

Thai Revenue Dept. denies imported COVID-19 vaccines are double taxed

Thailand’s Revenue Department has refuted an allegation that it will levy double taxation on COVID-19 vaccines imported by the private sector, resulting in higher charges for inoculations. Sommai Siriudomset, spokesperson for the Revenue Department and tax collection strategic advisor, confirmed today (Thursday) that the double taxation allegation is misleading and inaccurate.


May 12, 2021: ‘Vaccine hesitancy’ bites in Thailand – but one province has the antidote

‘Vaccine hesitancy’ bites in Thailand – but one province has the antidote

At a time when Thailand is struggling to convince its citizens to sign up for free COVID-19 vaccination, Lampang has recorded remarkable success, getting all eligible residents to register for jabs. A total of 223,796 residents of the northern province have already booked COVID-19 shots, filling the slots reserved for at-risk people.

Thai Govt. approves walk-in COVID-19 inoculation facilities in all provinces

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul approved walk-in COVID-19 vaccination facilities in all provinces today (Wednesday), hoping to inoculate at least 70% of the population. The approval came as the government’s COVID-19 vaccination management committee convened for the second time this year.


May 11, 2021: Beer, cash and credit: How other countries are using incentives to combat vaccine hesitancy

Beer, cash and credit: How other countries are using incentives to combat vaccine hesitancy

Though people across the globe are praying for the COVID-19 pandemic to end, many are still reluctant to get a jab to fight it. Doubts over the vaccines’ efficacy and safety linger in several places, including Thailand.

PM declares vaccination national agenda as he urges all Thais to be vaccinated

Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha, today (Tuesday) declared COVID-19 vaccination program Thailand’s national agenda as he urged Thai people to get vaccinated as many as possible, pointing out that vaccines are the key element which will usher Thailand through the crisis.

US drug regulator authorized Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds

With some wealthy nations easing restrictions thanks to rapid inoculation drives but many others struggling to secure doses, the head of the World Health Organization slammed so-called “vaccine diplomacy” and called for cooperation without strings attached.

What to do before and after your vaccination

If you are over 60 years old, or if you have chronic respiratory disease, heart and blood vessel disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease or stroke, cancer, obesity or diabetes, and have registered for vaccination during June or July, here is what you should do before you are vaccinated, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s Facebook page.

Vaccination registration opens for people with mental or developmental disorders in four provinces

Starting today (Tuesday), people who suffer from mental or developmental disorders, such as autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or learning disabilities and their family members who live in Bangkok and three other neighbouring provinces can register for COVID-19 inoculation online.


May 10, 2021: Explainer: Thailand’s vaccine plans and rollout timeline

Explainer: Thailand’s vaccine plans and rollout timeline

About 1.3 million Thais have been vaccinated by the Thai government so far, with over 510 ,000 people having received both doses of either Sinovac’s CoronaVac or the AstraZeneca version , mainly the former .

Half a million Bangkok residents registered for COVID-19 inoculation

More than half a million people in Bangkok are among 1.5 million Thais across the country who have registered to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Public Health. The top ten provinces for registration are: 1. Bangkok, 516,282 2. Lampang, 223,976 3. Nonthaburi, 51,113 4. Samut Prakan, 44,962 5.

Covid jab maker BioNTech to build SE Asia manufacturing site in Singapore

Covid jab maker BioNTech said Monday it would build a Southeast Asia headquarters and manufacturing site in Singapore to produce hundreds of millions of mRNA-based vaccines per year. Construction of the site will start this year, and it could become operational by 2023, the German company said in a statement.

‘Vaccine tourists’ fly from abroad for injections on US beach

A long line of people snaked across the sand of Miami Beach, Florida, as dozens of travelers from Latin America waited their turn at a pop-up coronavirus vaccination booth. Sweating under the Sunday afternoon sun, visitors checked into an online system, no proof of residence required, and soon after received a free, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a vaccination card.


May 8, 2021: Thailand orders an additional 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Thailand orders an additional 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the procurement of 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from various sources, on top of the 100 million doses procured for this year, to make sure that everyone in the country is inoculated and that there are reserves left over for future use.

As vaccine tourism takes off in Thailand, what can jab-seeking jet-setters expect?

For Thais craving international travel while also wanting an anti-COVID-19 jab, a vaccination tour could be the answer. At least four Thai travel agencies are now arranging overseas trips featuring the much sought-after vaccine. The trips have attracted strong interest among wealthy Thais, but authorities have issued some cautionary advice for jab-hungry jet-setters.


May 7, 2021: COVID-19 vaccines, the hot topic for Anutin

COVID-19 vaccines, the hot topic for Anutin

“There is no challenge”, responded Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, when asked by Thai PBS World what he thinks is the most challenging factor in the latest wave of the COVID-19. Anutin has come under fire many times since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Over 60s in Thailand to have option of Sinovac vaccine, not just AstraZeneca

People aged 60 or over in Thailand now have the option of having the Chinese-made Sinovac, instead of just AstraZeneca’s vaccine, in a sudden change of policy by the National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC).

Pfizer agrees to sell 10-20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Pfizer has agreed to reserve 10-20 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine for Thailand, expected to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of this year, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Friday).

At 1.2% Thailand ranks sixth in ASEAN for population inoculation

Thailand ranks sixth among ASEAN’s 10 member countries for COVID-19 vaccination of their population, at 1.2%, with over 1.6 million doses being administered, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. More than 1.16 million vaccinations were the first dose, while the second jab account for over 434,000 doses to date.


May 6, 2021: Pfizer/BioNTech to supply vaccines for Olympic athletes

Pfizer/BioNTech to supply vaccines for Olympic athletes

In a statement, the firms said they would coordinate with national sporting bodies to make sure that coronavirus vaccines are available to anyone who needs one before traveling to Japan. “Delivery of initial doses to participating delegations is expected to begin at the end of May where possible with the aim to ensure participating delegations receive second doses ahead of arrivals in Tokyo,” they said.

Travel agents warned not to advertise “Vaccine Tours”

Thai tourism authorities have warned travel agents not to use the term “vaccine tour” in their advertisements, even though such tour programs are allowed, and urged them to list all the details of their tours for their customers’ information, to avoid misunderstandings.


May 5, 2021: A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab

A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab

Thailand’s foreign residents are often left scratching their heads at the confusing and sometimes apparently contradictory information on Covid-19 vaccines and their eligibility for a jab While many Thais are talking about their Covid-19 vaccine choices, if indeed there are any, and vaccination schedules, a large number of expats have been left clueless as to whether they have access to vaccines and is so, which, when and how.

Serbia to offer cash to those who get Covid vaccine

Serbia’s president said on Wednesday his country would pay each citizen who gets a Covid jab before the end of May, in what could be the world’s first cash-for-jabs scheme. The Balkans country bought millions of doses, from Western firms as well as China and Russia, and briefly became a regional vaccine hub when it offered foreigners the chance to be inoculated.


May 3, 2021: Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could result in 96.7% immunity in 4 weeks

Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could result in 96.7% immunity in 4 weeks

A study of 61 patients shows that people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have achieved 96.7% immunity within a month, compared to those who had recovered from the disease for 1-2 months, who have 92.4% immunity.


April 30, 2021: Pfizer/BioNTech seek Covid jab approval for 12-15-year-olds in EU

Pfizer/BioNTech seek Covid jab approval for 12-15-year-olds in EU

Pfizer/BioNTech said Friday they have asked European regulators to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, a move seen as a crucial step toward achieving herd immunity. The companies already filed a similar request with US authorities earlier this month. Their vaccine is currently only approved for use in people aged 16 and over.


April 29, 2021: Brazil begin to produce homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil begin to produce homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Butantan Biomedical Institute in Brazil announced that they began to produce their very own COVID-19 vaccines, ButanVac. While local media reported that the institution lacks regulatory approval to hold clinical trials. Butantan expects to produce 18 million doses by the end of this year, and Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria calling the news “significant news for Brazilian and global science,” according to local media.


April 25, 2021: Vaccine doses pass one billion mark as global cases top new record

Vaccine doses pass one billion mark as global cases top new record

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark on Saturday, offering hope even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly due to an explosion of infections in India. At least 1,002,938,540 vaccine doses have been administered in 207 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally.


April 24, 2021: China to provide one million doses of vaccine to Thailand

Op-Ed: China to provide one million doses of vaccine to Thailand

China has pledged to provide Thailand with up to one million doses of vaccines to speed up inoculation against the deadly virus here as the country is facing a new surge of the pandemic, according to a highly-placed source.

Vaccination delay threatens another downward spiral for Thai economy

The combination of a new wave of COVID-19 and delayed vaccination is set to wreak more damage on Thailand’s economy, with people’s incomes falling further and business risks rising. Slow vaccination progress coupled with a surge of infections has prompted Kasikorn Research Centre to lower its growth projection for the Thai economy this year from 2.6 percent to 1.8 percent.


April 23, 2021: AstraZeneca vaccine benefits increase with age

AstraZeneca vaccine benefits increase with age: EMA

The EU’s drug watchdog said Friday that a review of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine found its benefits increase with age and still outweigh the risks for adults despite links to blood clots.


April 22, 2021: Fake Pfizer vaccine shots on sale in Mexico and Poland

Fake Pfizer vaccine shots on sale in Mexico and Poland

US drugmaker Pfizer confirmed that suspect doses of its coronavirus vaccine that were seized in Mexico and Poland were indeed fake, with doses going for as much as $1,000 a shot, according to US media.


April 21, 2021: COVID-19 inoculations in Thailand to continue amid blood clot fears

COVID-19 inoculations in Thailand to continue amid blood clot fears

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control will still adhere to their COVID-19 vaccination plan, following reports of at least six people experiencing symptoms of partial paralysis after getting their first shots. Dr. Taweesap Siraprapasiri told a press conference on Wednesday that, currently, the inoculation program remains unchanged, saying such an adverse side effect was not unexpected.

Six suffer partial paralysis after inoculation with Sinovac vaccine

Six people, who were inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine in Thailand’s eastern coastal province of Rayong, developed partial paralysis and had to be given medication to dissolve blood clots, said Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, head of the Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre of Chulalongkorn University, in his Facebook post yesterday (Tuesday).

‘Joints for jabs’: free marijuana for vaccinated New Yorkers

Activists celebrating the recent legalization of recreational pot in New York state handed out free doobies in Manhattan to anyone with proof they had received at least one vaccine shot. “This is the first time we can sit around and legally hand people joints,” said Michael O’Malley, one of the organizers of the “Joints for Jabs” giveaway in Union Square.


April 20, 2021: Blood clots should be listed as rare Johnson & Johnson side effect: EMA

Blood clots should be listed as rare Johnson & Johnson side effect: EMA

Blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine but its benefits still outweigh the risks, the EU’s drug watchdog said on Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement that it had found a “possible link” between the jab and the clots, following eight such cases in the United States, one of which was fatal.


April 18, 2021: Thailand’s vaccine shopping list as COVID surges

Thailand’s vaccine shopping list as COVID surges

As the number of new COVID-19 cases surges this month, the government is rushing to find more vaccines for Thais. On Friday (April 16), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha took it upon himself to list the various vaccine brands Thailand is currently trying to procure.


April 16, 2021: China’s Coronavac 80% effective at preventing Covid deaths: Chile results

China’s Coronavac 80% effective at preventing Covid deaths: Chile results

April 16, 2021 China’s Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile’s inoculation campaign. “These figures should convey peace of mind to the country,” Health Minister Enrique Paris told journalists as he announced the outcome of two months of vaccination in Chile, in February and March.

Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months

CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. “We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen,” Bourla told CNBC in an interview recorded on April 1.

Thailand’s sluggish vaccine rollout no match for super-contagious COVID strain

Thailand is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination drive following an unprecedented surge in infections since April 5, with Thursday (April 15) bringing a record 24-hour high of 1,535 new cases. Official records show that only 247,850 people in Thailand had received their first jab as of April 5 – but that number more than doubled to 581,311 by April 15.


April 15, 2021: Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand will go ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine, because authorities have not found any rare, but significant and serious side effects among the vaccine’s recipients in Thailand, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Thursday).


April 13, 2021: US agencies recommend ‘pause’ in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over blood clot fears

US agencies recommend ‘pause’ in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over blood clot fears

US health authorities recommended a “pause” Tuesday in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” over potential links to a rare type of blood clot, in a blow to the country’s immunization campaign.


April 9, 2021

Ad hoc panel to procure vaccines with private sector participation

Thailand’s former public health minister, Clin.Prof. Emeritus Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has been appointed head of an ad hoc panel to procure alternative brands of COVID-19 vaccines for the Thai people, besides AstraZeneca and Sinovac, after the CCSA has agreed to allow the private sector to participate in the procurement of an additional 10 million doses.


April 7, 2021

Oxford pauses COVID-19 vaccine study in kids, awaits more data on blood clot issues

The University of Oxford said on Tuesday it had paused a small UK trial testing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca Plc in children and teenagers, as it waits for more data on rare blood clotting issues in adults who received the shot.


March 31, 2021

BioNTech-Pfizer say Covid vaccine 100% effective on 12-15 year olds

Phase 3 trials carried out on 2,260 adolescents in the United States “demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody responses”, the companies said in a statement.


March 29, 2021

Chinese firm to make 60 mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

Russia has agreed a deal for more than 60 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to be produced in China from May, the jab’s developer said on Monday. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has financed the development of the vaccine, said it and Shenzhen Yuanxing Gene-tech Co.


March 26, 2021

Russia denies using COVID-19 vaccines as ‘tools of influence’

The Kremlin rejected Friday that Russia and China were using their vaccines as tools to win geopolitical clout, after accusations the two countries were using their jabs to gain influence abroad. Earlier Friday French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that his country was facing a “new kind of world war,” pointing to the two powers using their vaccines for “influence”.

Thai government to investigate online COVID-19 vaccine scam

March 26, 2021 The office of Prime MInister has ordered the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) to investigate the unregistered online entity that has been advertising the ability to reserve for COVID-19 vaccines in advance.

Thailand investigates a post-COVID-19 inoculation death

Vice Minister of Public Health, Dr. Sophon Mekthon, said Friday that the fatality was one of two vaccine recipients who had developed severe side effects, with the deceased having suffered from an aortic aneurysm prior to inoculation and the other developing urticaria (hives).


March 24, 2021

Inactivated Thai vaccines expected to be approved by year end and begin manufacture next year

The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation and Mahidol University’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine have developed and are about to start human trials of an inactivated virus COVID-19 vaccine. The participating volunteers must be in good health, have never been infected with COVID-19 and have no drug or vaccine allergies.


March 22, 2021

US data shows AstraZeneca vaccine is 79% effective

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against sickness and eliminated hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups in a late-stage study in the United States, the company announced Monday. AstraZeneca said its experts did not identify any safety concerns related to the vaccine, including finding no increased risk of rare blood clots identified in Europe.


March 17, 2021

WHO reviewing data, recommends AstraZeneca Covid jabs continue

The World Health Organization said Wednesday its experts were still reviewing safety data on the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine following concerns around blood clots but recommended that injection programmes continue. While millions of doses of the vaccine have been administered, small numbers of people have developed blood clots, prompting countries including the EU’s three largest nations – Germany, France and Italy – to suspend injections.


March 16, 2021

Thai PM inoculated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was inoculated this morning, the first AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose administered in Thailand, after postponement from last Friday. The government broadcast the inoculation via Facebook Live, narrated by a medical personnel, hoping to build confidence in the vaccine among the Thai public, the administration of which had been suspended in many countries due to reports of adverse side effects.


March 15, 2021

Countries halting AstraZeneca vaccine

Here’s a recap: Nordic countries sound alarm Denmark is the first country on March 11 to say it will suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure over fears of blood clots in vaccinated people. Iceland and Norway follow the same day, temporarily suspending use of all their supply of the vaccine citing similar concerns.

Controversy, delays and now a health scare – Thailand’s vaccination drive stalls again

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s COVID-19 vaccination was again cancelled at last minute on Friday. The cancellation adds another twist to the already-dramatic story here of the COVID-19 vaccine that has been developed through AstraZeneca – Oxford University collaboration.


March 12, 2021

No reason to stop using AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine: WHO

The World Health Organization said Friday there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine after several European countries suspended the roll-out over blood clot fears. The WHO said its vaccines advisory committee was currently looking at safety data and stressed that no causal link had been established between the vaccine and clotting.


March 11, 2021

Pfizer jab 97% effective against symptomatic Covid: study

Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine offers more protection than earlier thought with effectiveness in preventing symptomatic disease reaching 97 percent, according to real-world evidence published Thursday by the pharmaceutical companies. Using data from January 17 to March 6 from Israel’s national vaccination campaign, Pfizer/BioNTech found that prevention against asymptomatic disease also reached 94 percent.


March 4, 2021

Labour Ministry considers vaccination of foreign migrant workers covered by social security scheme

The Thai Ministry of Labour will discuss, with the Social Security Board, the possibility of procuring COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate over 2.3 million migrant workers covered by the social security scheme.

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