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Covid-19 vaccines developed by Thai researchers undergoing human trials

by The Nation

July 5, 2021

Three Covid-19 vaccines are undergoing human trials while more than 20 are in the research phase, the National Research Council of Thailand and National Vaccine Institute said.

The government’s Covid-19 Information Centre announced on Sunday that combined data from the two institutes revealed more than 20 vaccines are being researched and developed in Thailand, while three have started human trials.

The three in human trials stage are:

- ChulaCov19, an MRNA vaccine developed by Chulalongkorn University. It is in the first phase of human trials among 72 candidates. Two doses of the vaccine were given at an interval of 21 days.

- HXP-GPOVac is an inactivated vaccine jointly developed by the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University and the Government Pharmaceutical Organization. It is in the second phase of human trials with 460 candidates. Two doses of the vaccine were injected at an interval of 28 days.

- Covigen is a DNA vaccine developed by Bionet Asia and Technovalia, which has started its first phase of human trials among 150 candidates. Two doses of the vaccine were injected at an interval of 28 days.

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First lot of 5 million Moderna vaccines to be delivered in Thailand by October, 4 million fewer than being reported from Private Hospital Associations

By Nop Meechukhun

5 July 2021

The first lot of five million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are scheduled to be delivered in Thailand by the end of the year, the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) revealed today, July 5th.

GPO director Vitoon Danwiboon confirmed to the press that the GPO would receive the first lot of Moderna from Zuellig Pharma, Moderna’s supply partner for Covid-19 vaccines in Southeast Asia, in the fourth quarter or around October 2021.

Regarding the previous news of a total booking of nine million doses, the director stated the number was from an informal booking survey of Private Hospital Associations, which exceeded the number to be received during this first allocation. In plain terms, this means that four million people interested in Moderna vaccines would not get their vaccine any time soon, although some private hospitals repeatedly warned people there was no guarantee of a delivery or inoculation day. Vitoon stressed that these were informal surveys done by many hospitals and were not official. It also doesn’t mean that nine million people registered for Moderna vaccines, as the number was based on surveys and not registrations.

He stated: “The excessive number of four million shots had been mentioned during a GPO meeting on July 1st. The organization has already contacted Zuellig Pharma and booked the remaining number of Moderna vaccines (4 million) from its next production estimated sometime in 2022. The estimated amount of vaccines to be received in the next lot would be confirmed by the distributor at a later date. That exact date has not been set.”

Regarding the delay in vaccine allocation, GPO restated that Thailand has been coordinating with Moderna foreign distributors since February and has been in talks with Zuellig Pharma after they became the main supply partner in Southeast Asia in April. The government also followed its requirement, stating that the vaccine must be purchased through government agents only.

“We’d like to confirm that every step of the process is based on the plan mutually agreed by all parties. Everything perfectly follows the planning framework of Zuellig Pharma. The company also confirmed that the vaccine will be distributed as scheduled. The accusations by some people on social media of a slow operation is not true as there are many steps, paperwork, and procedures that have to take place.” Vitoon concluded.

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Oh well, expats - at least we know we're not alone. Anybody still planning to advance pay . . . ?
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Vaccination day arrives in Pattaya, but vaccines don’t

By Pattaya Mail

July 6, 2021

Angry and disappointed Pattaya residents voiced their displeasure after showing up at Pattaya City Hospital for their Covid-19 vaccinations only to be told there were no vaccines.

Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome had gone with his advisors to the Soi Buakhao facility July 5 to observe as first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and second doses of Sinovac jabs were to be dispensed.

But those who registered online four to six weeks ago and showed up at their appointed time were told there would be no shot that day or possibly any day in July.

“We don’t have the vaccines. The government has not sent them to us,” announced a hospital official. “Don’t expect it this month. Pattaya City Hall will call you.”

The unvaccinated were not pleased.

“All we hear from the government is to go and get vaccinated, but they have no vaccines,” groused one Pattaya resident who walked away empty-handed. “So all the talk on TV is false. They promise that there will be enough vaccines for everyone, but we come, and they say they don’t have any.”

“They didn’t even have the decency to tell us in advance,” said another person who made the trip to downtown Pattaya. “I checked my registration on Mor Phrom every day, watching for any changes or postponements, but nothing showed.

“We are thoroughly disappointed with the authorities and do not trust them anymore.”

Others at the hospital said the government’s plan to open the country to fully vaccinated foreign tourists without restrictions in mid-October “a joke.”

“If this is the situation, both Thais and foreigners should be really scared of contracting Covid-19.”

Not everyone left without a jab, however. Pattaya did vaccinate vendors at the Amorn, Naklua New and Lan Po markets who showed up for vaccinations after their workplaces were closed for three days following coronavirus outbreaks.

Pattaya continues to take reservations for AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccinations, but have no dates when the jabs actually might be administered.

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This is certainly very kind of Japan, but the article does not say when the vaccine will be available, where to go to get it, or how to register. Of course, if and when more information becomes available it will be posted.
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Seniors, including foreigners, to get jabs donated by Japan

Focus will be on Bangkok for 1 million donated AZ jabs, more testing centres also approved

9 July 2021

Senior Thais and foreigners based in Thailand will be given priority for the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived in the country from Japan on Friday, according to the Covid-19 taskforce.

Thais and foreigners aged 60 or more and those with seven chronic diseases would be among the groups to receive the vaccine, said Dr Apisamai Srirangson, the assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Other targets will be students, diplomats, athletes and people in need of jabs before travelling overseas, she addes.

The shipment that arrived in the capital on Friday contained 1.05 million doses of AstraZeneca, Dr Apisamai said.

The government is trying to inoculate more senior citizens, especially those living in high-risk Bangkok, to contain the rapid spread of the virus as the highly transmissible strain of the Delta variant is gaining ground.

The CCSA meeting on Friday, with lockdown measures high on the list, also agreed to give vaccinated healthcare personnel the Pfizer vaccine as a booster shot. As well, more testing centres will be opened in Bangkok and five neighbouring provinces to identify infected people.

People have overwhelmed several screening centres in Bangkok in recent days, with some camping out outside Wat Phra Sri Maha That in Bang Khen district on Wednesday, for mass testing after the jump in new transmission cases in Bangkok.

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The Bangkok Post for some reason didn't mention the plan for the US donation of 1.5 million Pfizer. The plan is similar to the plan for AZ donated by Japan, EXCEPT the first priority group will be medical personnel. [Alas, again - no answer to the question of exactly when/how they will be distributed.]

Here is the slide from the 9 July CCSA English language press briefing.


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Sat Jul 10, 2021 6:17 am
Alas, again - no answer to the question of exactly when/how they will be distributed.
And no answer as to whether it will prioritize expats and other Americans in Thailand. I hope it will and I think it will, but nothing there about prioritizing Americans. I can't help the feeling they are going to leave distribution up to the Thai powers-that-be. It would be nice if they would say something to the effect of "Americans, please come to the embassy and get your vaccine", but I'm not holding my breath.

I think we Americans are just going to have to wait for vaccines to be locally available to us or go to programs such as Richsilver and Undaunted attended, if and when any more such programs become available.

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Sat Jul 10, 2021 8:03 am
And no answer as to whether it will prioritize expats and other Americans in Thailand.
I think when they say "foreigners in Thailand" that is meant to include expats.

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I think when they say "foreigners in Thailand" that is meant to include expats.
I hope so, but if it does include us, I wish they would very clearly state it. We really don't know, do we . . .

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Sinovac dumped as second-dose vaccine in favour of AstraZeneca

July 12, 2021

In a major policy change, the Public Health Ministry has decided to use the AstraZeneca vaccine for the second jab for those who received Sinovac as the first dose.

Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul announced the change on Monday.

AstraZeneca would be administered as the second shot three or four weeks after the Sinovac inoculation. A combination of the two vaccines would provide a better defence against the Delta variant of the virus, he said.

Mr Anutin did not say what people who have had two doses of Sinovac should do when the change in policy comes into force, or how it would affect people awaiting their first or second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

The change was announced after a meeting of the National Communicable Disease Committee as part of measures to cope with Delta, the highly contagious variant of the virus first detected in India and rapidly becoming the dominant strain in Thailand

Another key measure announced was a booster shot drive starting this month for health workers on the front line who had received two doses. They would receive a dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfifer vaccine.

He said daily fatalities could exceed 100 and new cases rise above 10,000 a day if no adjustments were made to the current programme.

The committee did not approve allowing people to carry out Covid-19 testing at home, as had been widely expected. Rapid antigen test kits are still allowed for health professional use only.

There had been speculation that people would be allowed to self-test at home as testing units were unable to cater to demand after infections and fatalities soared in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces.

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Vaccine policy switch leaves health services confused

14 Jul 2021

Hospitals and health offices have been left confused over the mixing of doses of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines after the prime minister questioned the Health Ministry's latest policy to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The provincial health office in Nonthaburi on Wednesday opted to postpone its plan to give people who have received a single dose of the Sinovac vaccine a dose of AstraZeneca as their second jab.

Some private and public hospitals in Chiang Mai, including Hang Dong Hospital, announced they would provide no vaccination service on Wednesday.

Nonthaburi was the first province to adopt the ministry's new policy after it was endorsed by the National Communicable Disease Committee on Monday. The panel was chaired by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Nonthaburi announced its decision on Tuesday, only to immediately suspend its implementation on Wednesday morning.

In Chiang Mai, the provincial public health office also announced its suspension. "In order to end the confusion, all health units are ordered to stop vaccine service on July 14, 2021," Hang Dong Hospital posted the message on its Facebook account.

Mr Anutin said after the committee meeting on Monday that mixing the Sinovac for the first dose with AstraZeneca for the second would yield a better defence against the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus first detected in India.

However, Prime Minister Prayut called for a thorough study of the jab policy shift during Tuesday's teleconferenced cabinet meeting, to take into consideration the safety of vaccine recipients.

The prime minister's reaction followed a warning from the World Health Organization on Monday that indviduals should not mix and match different vaccines.

"Individuals should not decide for themselves, public health agencies can, based on available data. Data from mix and match studies of different vaccines are awaited -- immunogenicity and safety both need to be evaluated," WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said.

Respected virus expert Yong Poovorawan on Tuesday was adamant using Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines in series was safe and effective and Thailand's best option for fighting the fast-spreading Delta variant.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri on Wednesday explained that the prime minister did not order the plan cancelled, but he hoped the committee to be open for more reactions first.

The government's priority was to see more people inoculated, as that would reduce the rate of daily fatalities and new infections, he said.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... s-confused

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