Schools across Thailand reopen after coronavirus cases slow down
UNTV News • July 1, 2020 • 721
Schools across Thailand re-opened on Wednesday (July 1) with coronavirus prevention measures in place, following months of closure.
Nearly 5,000 students returned to Sam Khok school, about 50 km north of Bangkok, wearing face masks and receiving face shields and temperature checks from the school.
“Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it’s mandatory to wear them. We (school) are also providing face shields for students’ project presentations or for eating,” said principal Chuchart Thiengtham.
He added that students were told to stay in home quarantine for 15 days before school re-started as an extra precaution.
The school has also turned old ballot boxes into classroom partitions to enforce social distancing between students.
“I feel safe, but annoyed at the same time because partition blocked my view,” said 17-year-old student, Soponwich Thianthong.
Thailand on Wednesday marked 37 days without a case of local transmission. The coronavirus has killed 58 people among its 3,173 infections.
The country has extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the coronavirus, although it is also set to ease more restrictions on Wednesday, including reopening bars and allowing some foreigners into the country. (Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have clarified reports that a 54-year-old man from Caloocan City experienced a serious adverse event after his inoculation with the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement released Saturday, April 10, the DOH said that upon receipt of the report, it immediately directed the Regional Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee (RAEFIC) to conduct a causality assessment to determine if the vaccine had indeed caused the reaction.
“Following the conclusion of the causality assessment conducted by the RAEFIC, as concurred with by the National AEFIC, the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today report that: (1) the COVID-19 vaccine DID NOT cause the stroke, (2) the adverse event is inconsistent with the causal association to the vaccine, and (3) the adverse event is coincidental to underlying or emerging conditions of the patient,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the agencies also reiterated its directive to all vaccination sites to strictly follow screening protocols in the assessment of potential vaccine recipients. It also reminded the public to fully disclose their underlying conditions during registration for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The DOH and FDA emphasized that vaccines are safe and effective.
“With the expansion of the national vaccination program to cover senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, the DOH and FDA likewise urge the public to avail of the FREE COVID-19 vaccines to acquire the protection it provides not only for yourselves, but also for your families,” the statement further said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens (60 years and above) may still be inoculated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday.
The FDA issued the clarification following the temporary suspension on the use of the vaccine for people younger than 60.
FDA director-general Eric Domingo earlier said that he has asked the Department of Health to temporarily halt the administration of AstraZeneca vaccines on persons aged 60 and below due to a possible link between the vaccine and “very, very rare” cases of blood clots.
Domingo cited the report of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which stated that around 16 cases of blood clots or reduced platelet count were recorded out of 200 million individuals who received AstraZeneca doses.
The EMA found that most of those who reported blood clots overseas were women below 60 years of age, he added.
“Iyong 60 and above, sila ang pinakamagbe-benefit sa bakuna so hindi natin talaga iniisip na mag-limit ng bakuna sa paggamit sa mga senior citizens,” Domingo said in a press briefing.
The FDA chief said updated guidelines on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines will be released next week.
The AstraZeneca firm earlier assured it will work with the Philippine FDA amid concerns on the rare side effects of its vaccine.
“Patient safety remains to be the highest priority for AstraZeneca,” the drug-maker said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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