Coronavirus

Germany donates life-saving Covid drugs to Thailand

 

GERMANY is preparing to deliver medication worth 153 million baht for treatment of Covid-19 patients in Thailand with the donation being part of assistance to help fight the coronavirus pandemic here, Siam Rath newspaper quoted the German embassy as saying today (Sept. 7).

 The German Ministry of Health has donated monoclonal antibodies (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) for the treatment of these Covid patients.

The embassy pointed out that monoclonal antibodies have been registered with the Thai Food and Drug Administration and these drugs will only be used at chosen hospitals.

A total of 2,000 sets, costing around 60,000 baht a set and totalling over 153 million baht, is coming to Thailand for use with Covid patients with severe symptoms only.

Germany cannot deliver Covid vaccines to other countries because German law states that the country cannot be held liable in the event of the recipient experiencing rare side effects.

While Casirivimab and Imdevimab are coming to Thailand for treatment of Covid patients who are likely to develop severe symptoms, physicians who use these drugs have to report any adverse reactions to the FDA and those receiving them have to be under close supervision of the medical team.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said there were 13,821 Covid cases and 241 deaths today with 13,303 being among the general public and 518 in prisons and detention centres.

This takes the cumulative confirmed total from April 1 to 1,279,480.

The additional 241 fatalities raises the death toll from April to 13,189 while another 16,737 patients were discharged over the past 24 hours.

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