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Chulalongkorn U to start COVID-19 vaccine trial on humans in April next year

 

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The Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University is expected to begin the first phase of candidate COVID-19 vaccine trials in humans next April, said Professor Dr. Kiat Raxrungtham, director of the COVID-19 vaccine development project of the Vaccine Development Research Centre, today.

 

The BioNet-Asia Company, a partner in the vaccine trials, has procured raw materials needed for vaccine development, but it is concerned that there may not be a sufficient supply of such materials because some large corporations have already secured most of them.

 

Dr. Kiat also said that the 300-million baht budget for vaccine development, allocated in 42 million baht installments by the government, may not be enough, adding that at least one billion baht will be needed. He revealed that public donations may have to be solicited for the vaccine trials because, although the project is being supported by the National Vaccine Institute of Thailand, the funding might not be received in time.

 

Source: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/chulalongkorn-u-to-start-covid-19-vaccine-trial-on-humans-in-april-next-year/

 

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22 minutes ago, webfact said:

The Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University is expected to begin the first phase of candidate COVID-19 vaccine trials in humans next April

Personally  - especially as someone stuck outside Thailand - I find this extremely worrying.

 

The western world will probably all be inoculated by April all going well. A raring (Thai term) to go to Thailand. If Thailand is hoping to start testing vaccine in April - and not buy in - then the chances of them opening to foreigners before summer 2021 in my mind is extremely low if only to say for the safety of the Thai people,

 

I know there is talk in the UK about vaccines being added to passport, maybe that will help

 

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15 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

If Thailand is hoping to start testing vaccine in April - and not buy in

 

Thailand is buying in 26 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.  The article is about a different vaccine at an earlier stage of development.

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Why is is taking so long for Thailand to get the vaccine.  The US will start in mid December while Thailand is taking more than another 6 months.  I am sure it will be no better than 70% when it should be 95% effective.   Seems the government is not doing its job for its people.  This is why students want changes.  I am willing to volunteer for the trail when they want some old man .  I also would like to see the PM and his cabinet volunteer on the trails.

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1 hour ago, ourmanflint said:

Thank the lord the world isn't relying on countries like Thailand to step up and save everyone

What a stupid statement! At least they’re trying to do something unlike most other countries who just wait for someone to step up so they can buy from them! 

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1 hour ago, Mango Bob said:

Why is is taking so long for Thailand to get the vaccine.  The US will start in mid December while Thailand is taking more than another 6 months.  I am sure it will be no better than 70% when it should be 95% effective.   Seems the government is not doing its job for its people.  This is why students want changes.  I am willing to volunteer for the trail when they want some old man .  I also would like to see the PM and his cabinet volunteer on the trails.

The US is getting the vaccine mid December that BioNtech in Germany has developed. Chulalongkorn is developing their own. Big difference. BioNtech will be able to produce 1.5 billion doses next year, if I remember correctly. Since you need to be vaccinated twice that’s enough for only 750 million people. So far there’s only two other companies that will most likely also have vaccines ready soon. I‘m not sure how many doses they’ll be able to produce, but most likely all three of them won’t be able to produce enough for the entire world next year. Therefore it more or less still makes sense for Chulalongkorn to go ahead with their own trials and if it works out they can get all of the Thais vaccinated faster than if they had to wait for international vaccines. 

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4 hours ago, ourmanflint said:

Thank the lord the world isn't relying on countries like Thailand to step up and save everyone

Why should Thailand worry, no covid here - they just need to keep all the diseased farangs out - see it's not rocket science to ensure the population is free of covid 😁

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Thailand is not exactly the biopharma capital of the world.  I can't think of one reason why Thailand is even trying to come up with its own vaccine.  Even if they are successful then there is the challenge of producing it and distributing it.  Who exactly is going to be available to produce this vaccine given all the producers will already be engaged with the other vaccines?

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