Medical workers load syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)

Govt vs hospital: Who is right in the row over Poland’s failed vaccine donation?

In what seems like a case of “different sides of the same coin”, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry and Thammasat University Hospital have sparred over the collapsed deal for 1.5 million doses…

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A box of the Moderna Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Full dose or half dose? Clearing up confusion over Moderna boosters

It is now official: the first batch of Moderna vaccine will land in Thailand by November 5. However, before rushing out to get a jab, you need to know a…

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New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pipitea Marae vaccination centre in Wellington on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Ross Giblin / POOL / AFP)

New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant….

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A medical staff member prepares a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Bangkok.(Photo by Thai PBS)

New vaccine combo injects hope for Thailand’s battle against COVID-19

If you are hesitant about getting a Sinovac jab to protect yourself against COVID-19, here’s some good news – the government is preparing to offer new free alternatives. The Public…

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Medics and health volunteers in Sa Kaew province wear school uniforms to convince students to get vaccinated

To allay concerns among students and their parents about undesirable side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, medics and public health volunteers responsible for vaccinating students in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa…

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BTS train station in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Life in Thailand getting back to normal – but only if you are vaccinated

If you haven’t had your COVID-19 jab yet, then your life in Thailand may be very different from those who have already been vaccinated. This is because of new “COVID-Free Setting”…

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Why herd immunity could be an impossible goal for Thailand

With some 56 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far, Thailand has made considerable progress in protecting its population of 70 million. However, Thais should take note that a…

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2m doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive today, student vaccinations start next week

Two million doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine arrived in Bangkok this morning from the United States. Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who was at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport…

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To boost or not to boost: The pros and cons of getting a third COVID shot

With the government offering a free booster dose from September 24 and the paid option of the Moderna vaccine available soon, millions of Thais are thinking hard about whether or…

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Booster jabs for those who got two Sinovac doses to begin in October or sooner – Anutin

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Wednesday) that people already inoculated with two doses of the China’s Sinovac vaccine will be given the third booster jab soon in October…

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What children – and parents – can expect from Thailand’s vaccination drive for kids

Children aged 12 and up will soon be rolling up their sleeves for a jab against COVID-19, which has already claimed more than 14,500 lives in Thailand. The Centre for…

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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine inside a mobile vaccination unit in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A user’s guide to Thailand’s new digital health pass

Thailand has launched its very own “digital health pass” via the Public Health Ministry’s Mohpromt application, and all residents of the country are advised to download it. The health pass,…

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Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul

Health minister defends Sinovac vaccine, as MPs question its efficacy, price

The government’s alleged COVID-19 vaccine mismanagement, from the procurement initially relying on just the Chinese-made Sinovac and the UK’s AstraZeneca to their distribution and use, were contentious issues in a…

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Japan stops use of 1.63 million Moderna doses over contamination

Japan will halt the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine after reports of contamination in several vials, drugmaker Takeda and the health ministry said Thursday. Takeda, which…

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Vials of the Cuban Abdala vaccine candidate during a press conference of the Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba (BioCubaFarma) in Havana, on March 19, 2021. (Photo by KATELL ABIVEN / AFP)

Vietnam says Cuba to supply COVID-19 vaccine, transfer technology

Cuba will supply large quantities of its home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala, to Vietnam and also transfer the production technology to the Southeast Asian country by the end of the year,…

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Elderly woman in Buriram mistakenly given two vaccine jabs in a day

A 70-year-old woman in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram was mistakenly given two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine on the same day at a vaccination centre in the province. Fortunately, she…

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Thailand’s slow procurement of jabs and revival of ‘vaccine diplomacy’

The government’s slow vaccine procurement has left Thailand lagging behind many countries – including its own neighbors – in the global race for COVID-19 jabs, say critics. The economic think…

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Pfizer vaccine: shot in the arm for Thailand’s medics comes with a dose of controversy

Thais are closely monitoring the distribution of US-donated Pfizer jabs amid widespread concern that so-called VVIPs will snatch the highly effective mRNA vaccine away from its rightful recipients. On Monday, the…

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2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and US$5m have no strings attached, says US envoy to U.N.

“In the interconnected world, none of us is safe until all of us are safe,” said the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in April last year. That sentence has been…

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What if everyone’s worst nightmare comes true?

The brightest minds in the United States and England are fearing that the world is facing a really and progressively gloomy future, but they think slightly differently, though. The US…

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ASEAN to procure 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX program

At the 54th Asean Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN leaders decided to use a common fund to procure 10 million doses of vaccines under the COVAX program. The Joint Communique stated that…

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In this July 14, 2021, file photo, people wearing face masks wait as caskets with bodies are queued outside a crematorium at the Yay Way cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo, File)

Help Myanmar Fight Pandemic and You Help Yourselves, Expert Tells Asean

Myanmar could turn into the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic unless neighboring countries and international organizations adopt pragmatic strategies to inoculate high-risk groups of people to stop the spread of…

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Vietnam’s home-grown COVID19 vaccine shows positive results in third-phase trials

1,000 volunteers injected with the home-grown vaccine Nanocovax in third-phase trials have developed antibodies against COVID-19, according to a report by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the vaccine producer. The report…

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A youth receives the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Phnom Penh on August 1, 2021, as Cambodia began vaccinating adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17. (Photo by Pring SAMRANG / AFP)

Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

Cambodia began a rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen’s grandchildren among the first to get the jab….

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Breaking down barriers to Covid-19 vaccination: Advice from a psychiatrist

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across many parts of the world including Thailand. The highly transmissible Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is spreading quickly, resulting in a…

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Clinical trials show that an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine made by China is safe and effective.

Clinical trials have shown that an inhaled COVID-19 vaccine made by China is safe and effective, according to a study published on Monday in The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general…

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Vietnam received another 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine through COVAX

The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late…

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The Dos and Don’ts when Doing a COVID Test at Home

You wouldn’t think about doing Covid-19 self-testing any time soon, but the day may have come. The news that the Food and Drug Administration hadapproved eight antigen Covid-19 test kits…

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Revelations about AstraZeneca contract inject more controversy into Thai vaccine saga

Despite being Southeast Asia’s manufacturing hub of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, Thailand is struggling with a severe shortage of jabs for its own population. The situation is so serious that the…

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Thais unconvinced by govt’s unique mix-and-match jab policy

Like many Thais, veteran journalist Wichit Chaitrong had been looking forward to getting a government-provided COVID-19 jab for months – but not anymore. He changed his mind after hearing the…

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Thailand’s continued efforts to bring in vaccines

Since last October Ministry for Foreign Affairs has held consultations with allies and friends to ensure that they will be able to provide vaccines if need be, according to the…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

How COVID-19 takes advantage of vaccine race

Human beings having several, competing vaccines may be the last thing they need and the first thing the coronavirus wants. Instead of pooling expertise, manpower and financial resources to create…

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Are Pfizer shots the cure for Thailand’s COVID crisis?

Despite being the most talked about and sought-after vaccine in Thailand, not a single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech has been administered here to date. The Pfizer jab’s efficacy is impressively high…

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How Thailand rode out COVID waves only to be hit by ‘virus tsunami’ 

The latest wave of COVID-19 in Thailand has dwarfed its predecessors, with daily figures surging to nearly 10,000 new cases and almost 100 deaths. So, how did Thailand get to this point after doing so…

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Malaysia shuts Covid vaccination center after 200 workers infected

A Malaysian coronavirus vaccination center was temporarily closed Tuesday after more than 200 workers tested positive for Covid-19, authorities said, as the country’s cases set a new daily record. The…

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a press conference following her visit to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)

Merkel says jabs in Germany will remain voluntary

Germany is not planning to follow France and other countries in introducing compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations for parts of the population, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday. “We do not intend to…

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Thai study shows antibody levels after 2 doses of Sinovac drop 50% every 40 days

Clinical research has shown that the antibody levels in a person fully inoculated with two doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine drops by half every 40 days, according to Dr….

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Op-Ed: Japan helps Thailand to better fight Covid-19

It took Japan just two weeks to deliver the 1.05 million doses of vaccines to Thailand following Tokyo’s pledge to donate the shots. The speedy delivery is a strong barometer…

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How Thai government’s management of COVID crisis may land it in hot soup

Government critics and opposition politicians are campaigning for people impacted by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions to sue the state for compensation over the damage caused. They say the government,…

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Thai government still betting big on Sinovac as public faith erodes

In order to boost public confidence in Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul took the first jab in Thailand on February 28. The Chinese vaccine has since become…

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United States to donate COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Thailand will receive COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, as a part of 23 million doses to be donated by the US to Asian countries. In June, US President Joe…

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Thailand’s failure to procure mRNA vaccines proving costly as contagion spreads

Millions of Thais are closely following developments in the country’s acquisition of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, which are believed to be the most effective against the new coronavirus and its variants….

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Virus against humans (Part II)

Many military strategists may quietly admire the coronavirus. In the first wave, it took advantage of human beings’ unpreparedness, striking rich countries with brute force and sparing much of the…

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Dr Yong: Thailand’s top COVID strategist comes under fire

Like Dr. Anthony Fauci in the United States, Prof Dr. Yong Poovorawan has been at the forefront of his country’s battle against COVID-19. As a chief medical adviser to the government,…

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Vaccinations using China’s Sinopharm begin in Thailand on Friday

Vaccinations, using China’s Sinopharm vaccine procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), began in Thailand today (Friday), starting with 6,400 elderly people, those with disabilities and the underprivileged, who could…

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First million doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Thailand today

The first one million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), have arrived in Bangkok today (Sunday) from Beijing, China, said CRA Secretary-General Dr. Nithi Mahanonda…

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Million more doses of AstraZeneca delivered, 2 million more Sinovac doses due next week

One million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to Thailand’s Public Health Ministry today (Friday), which will be distributed across Thailand later today or tomorrow, according to Public Health…

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A sign in front of a mass vaccination centre in Melbourne. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Australia further restricts AstraZeneca vaccine over clotting concerns

Australia recommended that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab should not be given to people under 60 on Thursday, a fresh blow to the country’s glacial vaccine rollout. Health Minister Greg Hunt said…

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine not yet approved in Thailand due to lack of data

Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), as vital data remains missing, the organisation said today (Wednesday). The latest information,…

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Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.4% efficacy in late stage trial

Novavax Inc on Monday (June 14) reported late-stage data from its U.S.-based clinical trial showing its vaccine is more than 90% effective against COVID-19 across a variety of variants of…

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Tasty treats and travel benefits: the perks of getting a COVID jab in Thailand

Thailand is offering a rich menu of incentives for people to get jabs during the just-launched mass vaccination drive, with the country targeting herd community by year-end. As of June…

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A guide to Thailand’s 3 vaccination paths    

Adults in Thailand, including foreign expats, now have three paths to COVID-19 vaccination, getting a free shot through government schemes, getting a free shot arranged by the private sector, or…

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12 recent deaths not related to COVID-19 vaccines

12 recent deaths had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to medical experts from the Public Health Ministry, while 15 others are still under investigation. Yesterday, Dr. Chawetsan…

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Yoghurt with Mulberries and Almonds is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins that can raise your immunity levels and reduce inflammation. (Photo by Chusri Ngamprasert)

Tips and tricks to make life a little easier – and tastier – before and after vaccination

As more of us become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, we are increasingly concerned about preparing, including what to eat and drink before and after we get our shots. Potential…

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Confusion reigns as Thailand’s 3 million expats wait for their shots

Many government figures have announced that all 3 million of Thailand’s foreign residents can join the mass COVID-19 vaccine drive, provided they check arrangements before popping up at inoculation venues…

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Pre-registered vaccine recipients’ appointments cancelled before inoculations began today

A number of pre-registered vaccine recipients received phone calls late this morning (Monday), notifying them of the cancellation of their vaccination appointments, with no new appointment being made. All those…

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Guide to getting ready for your COVID-19 jab

Today (June 7) marks the first day of the government’s long-planned nationwide COVID-19 vaccination rollout for priority groups: the elderly and people with seven underlying health conditions that make them more…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games decoration board bearing illustrations of Games logo and mascot in Tokyo. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test: report

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed into venues, a Japanese newspaper report said Monday. Cheering, eating, high-fives, and drinking…

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COVID-19 vaccines update

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…

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A vial of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

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…

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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…

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COVID-19 throws all ideologies into melting pot

First, it was China’s “comfortable survival”. Then, it was the intriguing question of whether or how much states should “provide” or “facilitate” vaccination. Now, it’s the anger and disbelief following…

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A medical staff member injects a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine into the arm of a man from the Klong Toey community at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s AstraZeneca plan stumbles again as third wave rises

In October last year, the government chose the AstraZeneca vaccine as its main weapon against COVID-19. However, arming itself with AstraZeneca shots has proved difficult, and it now looks like…

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A trolley carrying Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong on February 27, 2021. (Photo by JEROME FAVRE / POOL / AFP)

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,…

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Military personnel in protective suit disinfect a school in Ubon Ratchatani province to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus on May 21, 2021. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP)

Know your enemy: Getting to grips with the COVID variants attacking Thailand 

In the space of a few months, three variant COVID-19 viruses have been detected in Thailand, the British, the Indian, and the South African. While health authorities insist that mass…

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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…

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

Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine is coming under greater public scrutiny as the Thai government procures millions more doses. Thailand has already imported 6 million doses of the vaccine – also known…

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Inside Bang Sue Grand Station

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…

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‘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…

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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,…

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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. Yang Xin said, during…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Endgame. Whose endgame?

Intensifying vaccination drama in Thailand is taking place against an intriguing international backdrop featuring an apparent race between the West on one side and a Chinese-Russian alliance on the other…

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Medical staff administer doses of CoronaVac or AstraZeneca vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus to residents of the Klong Toey community outside of an indoor football stadium in Bangkok on May 11, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai govt must revisit, review, replan vaccine rollout to survive latest wave

The third wave of COVID-19 that rolled into Thailand last month has rocked not just the fragile economic recovery but also the government’s vaccination plans. The resurgent virus has spawned…

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Lampang health volunteers on the campaign to encourage locals to get inoculated.

‘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…

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In this file photo taken on May 3, 2021 motorists make their way past a sign announcing “Pfizer Today” available at the Cal State Los Angeles Covid-19 vaccine site in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

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

The United States drug regulator authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12-15 as the country aims to speed up its Covid-19 recovery, while President Joe Biden said this is a promising development…

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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…

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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…

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Samantha Amke traveled to Miami Beach from Mexico City hoping to find the Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo credit: AFP)

‘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…

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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…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on February 28th, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

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…

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Rescue volunteers from the Siam Nonthaburi foundation prepare for the funerals of people who died after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus at Wat Rat Prakhong Tham Buddhist temple in Nonthaburi on May 5, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

From winner to loser: Thailand’s downhill battle with COVID 

The ongoing third wave of COVID-19 underlines one thing: Thailand is no longer a champion in managing the contagion, and that has a lot to do with its government. As…

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Judges wearing face masks wait for the start of the men’s 3m springboard final at the FINA Diving World Cup and test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 6, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Pfizer/BioNTech to supply vaccines for Olympic athletes

US drug giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday announced a deal with the International Olympics Committee to provide vaccines to competitors and staff at the Tokyo games. In a…

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COViD-19 mass screening in Bon Kai area of Bangkok.

COVID outbreak in densely populated communities could spell disaster for Bangkok

Whether Bangkok can avoid its worst nightmare in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis depends largely on how well authorities control the outbreak raging through its overcrowded Klong Toei communities. More than…

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic holds a vial containing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine during his visit to Belgrade’s Torlak Institute, where the vaccine has been manufactured, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)

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….

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A medical staff member draw vials of the Coronavac vaccine, before administering it to members of the Klong Toey community, at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

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…

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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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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine waits for approval from Thai FDA

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is looking to procure the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), after a discussion with a Moderna representative today. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine…

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As vaccination booking opens in Thailand, who can get jabs and how?

All 16 million vulnerable people will be the first in line when Thailand launches free nationwide vaccinations for residents next month. Meanwhile, appointments for jabs can be made in advance…

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A teenager receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services, in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

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…

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A pre-school boy uses a newly developed, lollipop-shaped Covid-19 test prior to the testing of pre-schoolers at the ‘City of Vienna Kindergarten’ in Vienna, Austria on April 28, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Austria tests toddlers for virus with ‘lollipops’

A newly developed, lollipop-shaped coronavirus test is being rolled out in some of Austria’s kindergartens as an alternative for toddlers who don’t take well to throat or nose swabs. Students,…

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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…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) answers questions from the media at Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Has Anutin become a pawn in Prayut’s COVID blame game?

As Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul is being blamed for perceived failures in handling Thailand’s latest and worst wave of COVID-19, whose tide of infections and deaths has triggered partial…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a signing ceremony for the agreement to purchase AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok on November 27, 2020. (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Thai govt in stormy waters as country slammed by third COVID wave   

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government are suffering a barrage of attacks from critics and political rivals as Thailand is hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Some…

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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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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…

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