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Cabinet approves B2.3bn for local vaccine

BANGKOK: The cabinet has approved a budget of B2.3 billion to support the development of the homegrown messenger RNA (mRNA)-based ChulaCov19 vaccine against COVID-19, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 5 November 2021, 08:51AM


Prof Kiat Ruxrungtham from the Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research Center and Development. Photo: courtesy of Chulalongkorn Hospital via Bangkok Post

Prof Kiat Ruxrungtham from the Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research Center and Development. Photo: courtesy of Chulalongkorn Hospital via Bangkok Post

She said the money, to be drawn from the B500bn loan decree, would be spent to subsidise third-phase trials and registration for emergency use of the jab candidate being developed by Chulalongkorn University’s vaccine research centre.

In August the research team announced the vaccine’s success in its first phase of human trials, reports the Bangkok Post.

The second phase on 150 volunteers is planned shortly while “Phase 2b” is scheduled for later in the year with 5,000 volunteers.

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According to Ms Rachada, the cabinet has also approved in principle an allocation of B1.3bn to fund the development of a tobacco-based vaccine known as “Baiya”.

The plant-based vaccine is being developed by by Baiya Phytopharm, a startup company under the CU Enterprise programme.

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Kurt | 05 November 2021 - 15:13:24

I got 2 Pfizer vaccinations. After 6 months I go to check with a blood test how many %% is still effective. The outcome of that will make me decide or I will take a 3rd Pfizer vaccination. I will stick to 1 brand vaccine.

Foot | 05 November 2021 - 14:05:33

The U.S. gave Thailand $10,000,000 dollars and 1.5 million doses of Pfizer.  Where did it go?

 

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