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COVID-19 vaccines update

Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports. May 12, 2021: ‘Vaccine hesitancy’ bites in Thailand – but one province has the antidote ‘Vaccine hesitancy’ bites in Thailand – but one province…

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2,101 new COVID-19 cases recorded today, 512 medics infected since April 1st

512 medical personnel in 57 provinces, including 175 nurses and assistant nurses, have contracted COVID-19 since April 1st, as 2,101 new infections and 17 more deaths were recorded in Thailand…

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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…

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A Royal Thai Army soldier waiting for her turn to receive the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinovac vaccine at the Pattani Hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Push to vaccinate 16 million vulnerable Thais suffers early setbacks

Only about 5 percent of Thailand’s vulnerable population have so far booked a free COVID-19 vaccination jab since the government’s appointment process was launched on Saturday. The slow uptake is…

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At-risk people linked to a Covid-19 coronavirus cluster traced to entertainment venues, wait to be vaccinated with the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, at a makeshift clinic at Saeng Thip sports ground in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

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…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (6th from right, front) posing for official photo with the cabinet minister following a reshuffle at the Government House in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

Prayut and his economic team facing unprecedented test of crisis management   

The unprecedented task of pulling Thailand out of its COVID-induced economic crisis rests on the shoulders of just three men. And there are signs that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, his…

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Significant progress reported in AstraZeneca vaccine production in Thailand

AstraZeneca released a statement today announcing that their plans to produce its COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand have made “significant progress” and that the first batch of the vaccine will be…

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Indigenous nurse of the Misak ethnic group Anselmo Tunubala, 49, inoculates an elderly indigenous woman with a Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 in the Guambia indigenous reservation, rural area of Silvia, department of Cauca, Colombia, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

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…

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PM assures Thai people that government will lead country through COVID crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Thai people that he and his government will explore all means to get Thailand through the current crisis, posed by the third wave…

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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…

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PM insists 61 million doses of COVID vaccines this year should be enough for Thailand

Thailand will have procured up to 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, which should be sufficient to cope with the pandemic, said Prime Minister…

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A health worker administers the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, to a man from an at-risk group at a makeshift clinic in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

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….

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Sophon Iamsirsithavorn, DCD deputy director-general

DCD says COVID-19 infection rise will ease in a month if prevention is strictly enforced

New COVID infections are expected to fall to an average around 440 cases per day a month from now, but only if all the preventive measures, introduced by the Disease…

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Health workers from the Glasgow Royal Infirmary take part in a minutes silence on the first anniversary of the first national Covid-19 lockdown in Glasgow on March 23, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

EU to tighten export rules to stop one-way flow of vaccines

The European Commission will tighten its export guidelines on Wednesday to prevent what it sees as an unfair one-way flow of vaccines, according to a draft seen by AFP. Brussels…

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AstraZeneca said Monday March 22, 2021 that advanced trial data from a U.S. study on its COVID vaccine shows it is 79% effective. The U.S. study comprised 30,000 volunteers, 20,000 of whom were given the vaccine while the rest got dummy shots. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

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…

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Prime Minister Jean Castex, 55-years-old, reacts as he is vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Hopital d Instruction des Armees Begin, in Saint-Mande, on the outskirts of Paris, on March 19, 2021.(Photo by THOMAS COEX / POOL / AFP)

Europe resumes AstraZeneca jabs, US to hit 100 million vaccines

Several European countries resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations Friday after an all-clear from EU regulators, as US President Joe Biden was set to meet his goal of having 100 million Americans inoculated…

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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…

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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…

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Countries halting AstraZeneca vaccine

A growing list of countries have suspended AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shots amid fears over blood clots and other possible side effects, despite the company and the World Health Organization insisting there…

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Irish, Dutch halt AstraZeneca jabs as Italy gets set for curbs

Ireland and the Netherlands on Sunday became the latest countries to suspend their rollouts of AstraZeneca jabs over concerns about post-jab blood clots despite the firm insisting there was no…

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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…

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Health Ministry will resume AstraZeneca vaccination next week

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has assured that the AstraZeneca vaccine does not cause an increased risk of blood clots and inoculations will resume next week, after their suspension on Friday….

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A health worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine with name Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha written on it, at Bamrasnaradura Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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…

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General practitioner Jean Louis Bensoussan, administers a dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to a patient, in Gragnague near Toulouse, southern France, on February 26, 2021. (Photo by Fred SCHEIBER / AFP)

France sees ‘no need’ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

France will continue to use AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, the health minister said Thursday after several European nations halted its use due to concerns over blood clots. Denmark, Iceland and Norway…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 09, 2021 boxes of vials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine are seen in a refridgerator at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, Britain.(Photo by Andrew Matthews / POOL / AFP)

UK says AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘safe and effective’

The UK government on Thursday defended the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after Denmark suspended the jab’s use, and insisted it would continue with its own rollout. “We’ve been clear that it’s…

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Ready for your COVID-19 jab? Thailand’s inoculation plan explained

Thailand’s COVID-19 inoculation programme will likely kick off on Sunday, with top government figures receiving the first jabs to boost public confidence. The vaccine brings hope that the country’s year-long…

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Bangkok governor checks readiness of hospital offering COVID-19 vaccination to elderly people

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang inspected the readiness of the hospital for the elderly in Bang Khun Thian district today (Thursday) ahead of providing COVID-19 vaccinations to elderly people, after the…

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Thailand

British-made COVID-19 vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca arrived in Thailand yesterday, according to a social media post by the Public Health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. Anutin posted that 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca…

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Siam Bioscience was selected by AstraZeneca

Siam Bioscience was chosen by AstraZeneca after a detailed assessment and comparison against other institutions proposed by Thailand, according to the National Vaccine Institute (NVI). Dr. Nakorn Premsri, the director…

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Most Thais willing to take COVID-19 vaccine

   

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Cupid’s arrow but no COVID-19 jab for Thais this Valentine’s Day

Amid all the confusion about Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccination plans, two things are very clear: People will not start getting inoculated from Valentine’s Day no matter what top government figures said…

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First doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered a week after arrival in Thailand

Thai people will receive the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within a week of the first 50,000 doses from Italy arriving in Thailand this month, although the date of…

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This picture taken on February 2, 2020 in Brussels shows a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the first Covid-19 vaccination center in Belgium on February 2, 2020 in Brussels, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

More than 100 million vaccinated

More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world, an AFP tally from official sources found Tuesday. But none of the world’s 29 poorest countries has formally…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Start of inoculations in Thailand delayed due to EU export restrictions

Delivery by air of the first shipment of 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Italy has hit a snag, due to the European Union’s recently imposed restriction on the export…

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A nurse fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, on January 21, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A guide to Thailand’s largest ever vaccination programme

Prioritising both safety and speed as it faces a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand is poised to launch its largest ever inoculation programme when the first batch of AstraZeneca…

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Critics inject doubt over Thailand’s vaccine deal with China

As contagion-hit Thailand rushes to register two COVID-19 vaccines, a debate has sprung up about the efficacy of one of the candidates – China’s CoronaVac. Even the Global Times, a…

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A medical worker administers a Sinovac Biotech vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus to a woman at a healthcare centre in Yantai, in eastern China’s Shandong province on January 5, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand plans to inoculate at least 60 million people against COVID-19

The office of Thailand’s Prime Minister announced today that the cabinet has resolved to allocate about 1.2 billion baht for the first 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This first…

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Thailand signs deal for advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine

Thailand signed deal with AstraZeneca today, to secure COVID-19 vaccine for Thai people, with the first lot of about 26 million doses expected to be available in the middle of…

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Thailand to sign contract tomorrow for COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford U. and AstraZeneca – PM

A contract will be signed tomorrow (Friday), between the Thai government and Oxford University – AstraZeneca, for the procurement of a COVID-19 vaccine for the Thai people, said Prime Minister…

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