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Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine now delayed due to plane’s engines


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The delivery of more than one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has been delayed beyond the scheduled date of July 15.

 

The delay has occurred because the plane carrying the vaccine, which is donated by the United States government, is experiencing engine problems, the US Embassy in Vientiane said on its Facebook page.

 

A definite rescheduled time for the arrival of the vaccine has not yet been confirmed, but the shipment will be delivered as soon as possible.

 

“Due to these problems, we don’t have a new confirmed time of arrival, but don’t worry, the airline assures us that the cold chain is being maintained and the vaccines will be fine, and they WILL get here!,” the embassy said.

 

“We are disappointed the flight is not arriving today, but we are monitoring the situation and will be there to greet the flight when it gets here. Stay tuned for further information.”

 

The US government is donating 1,008,000 doses of the vaccine through the COVAX Facility – a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organisation (WHO), with UNICEF as key delivery partner.

 

The vaccine was originally scheduled to arrive in Vientiane on the evening of July 15.

 

The donation is part of the United States’ contribution to the ongoing global effort to end the pandemic, and support for Laos’ goal to vaccinate 50 percent of the population by the end of this year.

 

As of July 13, a total of 1,030,461 people in Laos had received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, accounting for 14 percent of the population. Some 647,872 people have now had two doses, equal to 8 percent of the population.

 

As the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J/Janssen) Covid-19 vaccine requires only a single dose to be effective, this donation will enable Laos to provide protection against the virus to more than one million people (about 14 percent of the population), out of the country’s total population of approximately 7 million.

 

This means the US donation plus the 14 percent already vaccinated will bring Laos close to immunizing 30 percent of the population.

 

Vietnam today also approved the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J/Janssen) Covid-19 vaccine but have no dates for its arrival.

 

 

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It is a shame when I see this happening and think automatically that it is a missing brown envelope that caused the engine problems.

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6 minutes ago, Geordieabroad said:

Reading this <deleted> really does make me laugh.

Thailand, the hub of no vaccine

So the Thai gov't is responsible for plane engines now?  Is it even a Thai airliner?  Reading the ridiculous things people use on this board to try blame Thailand for everything really does make me laugh.

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This forum is about Laos. Doesn't anybody read the link or subject matter?

 

If the aircraft has been unused for some time, it is possible for engines to have problems. 

 

I have to say, though, a decent airline, or decent Air Force could overcome these issues in no time. I guess it depends on how important the delivery is viewed.

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11 hours ago, shdmn said:

So the Thai gov't is responsible for plane engines now?  Is it even a Thai airliner?  Reading the ridiculous things people use on this board to try blame Thailand for everything really does make me laugh.

Don't you think that the "there will be no coup" unelected PM and his cohorts bring it on themselves?

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The plane landed late last night at Vientiane and all vaccines handed over for distribution 🙂

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