67 million children missed out on vaccines because of Covid: UNICEF

Some 67 million children partially or fully missed routine vaccines globally between 2019 and 2021 because of lockdowns and health care disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations…

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Push for vaccination of Thailand’s young ahead of new school term

With the start of the new school term on May 17th, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed the need for precautionary measures today (Friday), to cope with on-site learning, with an…

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A mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on a coronavirus at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

Is Omicron one of coronavirus’ greatest tricks?

Delta scares. There is no question about that. Harder to say is what Omicron is doing. Is it frightening, or lulling, or confusing, or performing a mixture of everything? What…

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‘Highly unlikely’ existing vaccines will fail against Omicron: WHO

Geneva (AFP) – Omicron does not appear to cause more severe disease than previous Covid variants, and is “highly unlikely” to fully dodge vaccine protections, a top WHO official said on…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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Ricardo San Martin, a Chilean expert on the Quillay soapbark tree and its industrial uses, counts the seeds on a soapbark tree growing in the wild on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, U.S., August 17, 2021. Picture taken August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Nick Otto

A Chilean tree holds hope for new vaccines – if supplies last

CASABLANCA, Chile, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Down a dusty farm track in Chilean wine country, behind a wooden gate wrapped in chains, forestry experts are nursing a plantation of saplings…

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Registrations for AstraZeneca booster shots for those with 2 Sinovac jabs open Thursday

The COVID-19 vaccination site at Bang Sue Grand station in Bangkok has announced that they will start providing AstraZeneca booster shots, for those who were already vaccinated with two doses…

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Talks underway to procure 120 million doses of COVID vaccines for Thailand next year

Thailand is in the process of procuring 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for next year, especially for children aged 3-11, who have not yet been vaccinated, and for booster…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. Biden arrived in Beijing to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone ramping up regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring alliances with Tokyo and Seoul. His trip follows weeks of furore after Beijing declared an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands disputed with Japan. AFP PHOTO /

OP-ED – World leaders and their promises at the UN General Assembly

Every September, leaders from around the globe have the opportunity to tell the rest of us how well their countries have been doing. If time permits, they also talk about…

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Khunying Sudarat, US Senator Duckworth meet in Washington DC

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, former strategy chief of Pheu Thai Party and now leader of the Thai Sang Thai Party, has met with Thai born US senator Tammy Duckworth (D) in…

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool

Under pressure, U.S. donates half billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure…

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A health worker draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a vial during a vaccination event hosted by Miami – Dade County and Miami Heat, at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello

U.S. FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 booster for older and at-risk Americans

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and older,…

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Thailand ranks second in ASEAN for most COVID-19 jabs, sixth for two-dose percentage

Thailand is ranked second to Indonesia among ASEAN member countries for the number of COVID-19 inoculations, with a total of 44,742,049 doses administered by September 20th, but ranks fifth for…

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Mass vaccination of Thai students being prepared for reopening of schools in November

Thailand’s Ministry of Education has been making preparations for the mass inoculation of millions of students, aged 12-18, before the planned resumption of on-site classes at the start of the…

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Over 129,000 youths in Thailand infected with COVID-19, number rising

Almost 130,000 youths in Thailand, aged between 6 and 18, were found to be infected with COVID-19 from April until September 11, with 69,628 cases alone in August, said Dr….

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Eight million more doses of Moderna vaccine to be purchased as booster shots

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), one of the five agencies in the country authorised to procure COVID-19 vaccines and currently the sole procurer of China’s Sinopharm product, is planning to…

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COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, zoning maintained until end of September

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has decided to maintain the 9pm to 4am curfew, the Executive Decree and all existing lockdown restrictions,…

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Thailand to procure 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has announced plans to procure 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next year, to prepare for more mutations of the deadly virus. Deputy Health Minister,…

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Combined use of AstraZeneca and Pfizer jabs starts in October in Thailand

Thailand is tentatively set to extend its “mix and match” approach to COVID-19 mass vaccination in October, using the AstraZeneca viral vector vaccine as the first dose, followed by a…

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Businesses in Thai border town mulls “sandbox” scheme to lure Malaysian tourists back

The private sector, in Thailand’s border district of Sadao in Songkhla province, is to propose the “Dan Nok Sandbox” scheme to the governor, to reopen the commercial town to arrivals…

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Thailand’s Central Administrative Court asked to lift COVID-19 vaccine import restrictions

The Thai Mai Thon (Impatient Thais) political group lodged a petition with the Central Administrative Court today (Monday) asking it to hold an emergency hearing on COVID-19 vaccine procurement restrictions…

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WHO calls for moratorium on Covid vaccine booster shots

Geneva (AFP) – The WHO on Wednesday called for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots until at least the end of September to address the drastic inequity in dose distribution…

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4 billion anti-Covid shots injected worldwide

More than 4 billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered around the world, eight months after the vaccination drive started, according to an AFP count Thursday. Global injections have…

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13 million AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine doses to be administered in Thailand by end of August

8 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine are being administered through to the end of August 2021, while 15.38 million doses, mainly of the…

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Dr. Nakorn Premsri, Photo: National Vaccine Institute website

Thailand’s vaccine director apologises for ‘slow, inadequate’ vaccine rollout, promises to join COVAX

Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute (NVI) Director Nakorn Premsri offered an apology to the public on Wednesday for the slow and insufficient national COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying mutations of the virus…

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WHO not opposed to Thailand’s decision to “mix and match” types of COVID-19 vaccines

A World Health Organization representative says the WHO is not against Thailand’s decision to use a “mix and match” vaccination approach, whereby a shot of AstraZeneca vaccine is administered after…

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Thai Revenue Department denies charging VAT on vaccines bought by private hospitals

The Revenue Department has dismissed, as groundless, a report widely circulated on social media that it is charging value-added tax (VAT) on COVID-19 vaccines being procured by private hospitals, through…

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July will be a critical month for the Thai health system – Rural Doctor Society

Next month will be critical for the Thai health system, because hospitals will be overwhelmed and there won’t be enough beds to accommodate the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. Worse…

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Philippines signs deal for 40 mln Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 doses

MANILA, June 20 (Reuters) – The Philippine government has signed a supply agreement for 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE), the head of…

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420,000 more vaccine doses allocated to Bangkok, postponed appointments prioritised

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been allocated 420,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, in addition to about 500,000 doses previously provided, according to the BMA’s health office yesterday (Thursday). Priority…

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Bangkok street vendors allowed 2 years at allocated spots, urge government to rebuild confidence

Bangkok street vendors can now enjoy continuing doing their businesses at allocated spots specified by local authorities, after a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) committee tasked with maintaining the orderliness of…

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Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, director for emergency health hazards and diseases of the Department of Disease Control (DDC)

No link established between COVID-19 vaccinations and deaths of 13 people – DDC

Autopsy results have found no link between COVID-19 vaccines and the post-vaccination deaths of 13 people, according to Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, director for emergency health hazards and diseases of the…

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Nearly 7,000 organisations apply for Sinopharm vaccine on first day of registration

6,938 public, private and civil organisations registered for China’s state-owned Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for more than 3.18 million people on Monday, the first day of online registration. Sinopharm will be…

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6.5 million doses of vaccine to be distributed across the country by July 2 – DDC

The Disease Control Department reassured the public today (Monday) that 6.5 million more doses of vaccines will be distributed across the country by this month, or July 2nd the latest,…

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From left, EU’s Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, World Bank President David Malpass, Italy’s Finance Minister Daniele Franco, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Managing Director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva, Germany’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann, Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso pose for a family photo as finance ministers from across the G7 nations meet at Lancaster House in London, Saturday, June 5, 2021 ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit. (Henry Nicholls/Pool Photo via AP)

Hundreds of former leaders urge G7 to vaccinate poor against COVID-19

LONDON (Reuters) – One hundred former presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers have urged the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to pay for global coronavirus vaccinations to help stop…

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Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. will swiftly donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the United Nations-backed COVAX program,…

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1,000 doses of vaccine requested for tour guides in Bangkok

The President of the Professional Tour Guides Association of Thailand, Wirote Sitaprasertnan, submitted a letter to Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha, today (Wednesday). The letter requests an allocation of…

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Moderna says its COVID-19 shot works in kids as young as 12

Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha receiving his second AstraZeneca jab – Thaikufah Facebook page

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…

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Brazil struggles to vaccinate as COVID-19 toll spirals

Four months into a Covid-19 vaccination campaign marred by shortages and delays, hard-hit Brazil is still struggling to find enough doses, as political and diplomatic blunders prolong its pandemic nightmare….

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Thais first then foreigners will be vaccinated, 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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Thai domestic airlines remind PM of their need for financial help and vaccines

The Airlines Association of Thailand (AAT) today called on the government to speed up the injection of funding, in the form of soft loans, to seven Thai airlines and to…

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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…

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Senior virologist says Thailand needs all makes of vaccine to be administered rapidly

Thailand’s well-known and respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Thursday) that Thailand needs all brands of COVID-19 vaccines it can procure, to inoculate people as quickly as possible. In…

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Drive-through Covid swap test at a Bangkok hospital. (photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Bangkok’s hospitals have sufficient COVID-19 test kits

Bangkok’s hospitals still have enough COVID-19 test supplies, but they have had to suspend testing due to a shortage of hospital beds, according to the Director-General of the Department of…

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A nurse prepares a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Tlaquepaque, Mexico, on March 8, 2021. (Photo by ULISES RUIZ / AFP)

Vaccines, US stimulus boost global GDP forecast: OECD

The OECD sharply raised its 2021 global growth forecast on Tuesday as the deployment of vaccines and a huge US stimulus programme have greatly improved economic prospects. The Paris-based Organisation…

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This picture taken on February 1, 2021, shows vials of Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Belgrade Fair turned into a vaccination centre. (Photo by OLIVER BUNIC / AFP)

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective: Lancet study

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6 percent effective against symptomatic Covid-19, according to an analysis published in The Lancet on Tuesday that independent experts said allayed transparency concerns over the…

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Thai researcher describes process and after effects of her COVID-19 vaccination

A person who is inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine can still become infected, so there is still a need to observe strict social distancing and wear face masks until the development…

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An employee in protective gear works on an assembly line for manufacturing vials of Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at India’s Serum Institute in Pune on January 22, 2021. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)

Tears and fears as India’s huge coronavirus vaccine push falters

India’s huge coronavirus vaccination drive is behind schedule, with a third of recipients not showing up for appointments because of safety fears, technical glitches and a belief that the pandemic…

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People are seen in a slum along railroad tracks in downtown Bangkok on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s poor regions may be left behind in race for COVID-19 vaccines

Many municipalities’ eagerness to procure COVID-19 vaccines for their residents has roused suspicion of political motives and concerns about inequality between residents of richer and poorer areas. Local authorities have…

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Thailand’s Chai Nat province now free of COVID-19 as last eight patients recover

Thailand’s central province of Chai Nat has been cleared of COVID-19 infections after the last eight patients tested negative for the virus, with five of them being discharged from their…

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Thai PM given rapid response test for coronavirus following his extensive travels

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he also at risk of COVID-19 infection because he has travelled to many places in the course of the performance of his duties. He…

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Commuters with facemasks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk to a train station at rush hour in Bangkok a few months ago.

Two new COVID-19 infections recorded in quarantine in Thailand today

Thailand today recorded two new COVID-19 cases among people in state quarantine.   According to the CCSA, the first case is a 22-year old Thai male student, who arrived from…

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Japanese PM Abe resigns over worsening health

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health on Friday, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy…

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In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. In research published Monday July 20, 2020 in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)

COVID-19 vaccines expected next year at about 620 baht per dose

The first anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available for use in humans next year, at an estimated cost of 620 baht per dose, said Dr. Siriroek Songsivilai, secretary-general of…

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