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    Thailand will open to tourism in mid-October

    After more than the six weeks of combating the upticks in virus infections throughout the country, the Prayut government announced last Wednesday that Thailand will be open for tourists to visit within 120 days. This would mean that by the morning of October 15, visitors from local and abroad can travel in Thailand without any quarantine providing that they have been fully vaccinated.


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha revealed the deadline as part of his efforts to shore up support from the business community. They have been very critical of him for imposing the longstanding partial lockdown that has impacted the country’s economic performance. He said that his top priority is to save lives as well as maintain the livelihoods of the Thai people. To prepare for the country’s reopening, he urged every department in government and the governors of provinces to make all preparations so that people can go back to earning a living once again.


    The announcement came after the government ascertained that the procurement of vaccines for the Thai people could be guaranteed. Since April, the issue of vaccine availability and access has become a hot political topic in the media and in the parliamentary debates. Senior officials at Government House and the Ministry of Public Health have given confusing reports about the status of vaccine security in the country. Beginning July 7, the government’s confidence in achieving mass inoculation should visibly increase. More and more Thais have now registered for vaccination.
    Prayut said that Thailand has now negotiated with six suppliers of vaccines, namely Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm. By the end of year, he said Thailand would have amassed 105.5 million doses, which is sufficient to inoculate all the Thai population. At this juncture, the government plans to administer an average of 10 million jabs a month from July so that by early October almost 50 million people, or 70 per cent of Thai population will have had their first shot.
    In the post pandemic world, Thailand’s economic strength will still be based on the tourism industry which has long provided national revenue and income for the hotel and service industries. Phuket, the country’s premier tourist resort, will be the first to open up on July 1. Earlier the island has already experimented with its tourism plan allowing long-stay tourists to come exclusively to the island resort.


    In order to maintain the country’s vaccine security, it is important for Thailand to produce its own vaccines. Siam Bioscience is one of the 25 companies given licenses to produce AstraZeneca for local use and export. Since December of last year, the Thai company has produced millions of doses but they were all for export. However, beginning this month, locally produced vaccines under the brand AstraZeneca will be used in Thailand. It is expected by the end of this year, there will be at least 61 million doses available for the Thai people.


    As such, Thailand is investing in research and development to produce its own vaccines through local labs and Thai scientists. The most notable has been Chulalongkorn University’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, known as ChulaCov19, which began Phase 1 of human trials with 72 volunteers last week. The number of volunteers will soon go up to 5,000 in Phase 2 and even more in the final Phase 3. If all goes as planned, ChulaCov19 could be manufactured in Thailand by the end of this year.


    By mid-October, Thailand’s new plan to reinvigorate the economy will be put to the test in terms of whether the country can build back better. Lest we forget, Thailand is hosting next year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting which will be the first face-to face meeting. The whole world will have its eyes focused on Thailand.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand

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    In order to maintain the country’s vaccine security, it is important for Thailand to produce its own vaccines. Siam Bioscience is one of the 25 companies given licenses to produce AstraZeneca for local use and export. Since December of last year, the Thai company has produced millions of doses but they were all for export.
    Sentence three really gave sentences one and two a kick in the 'nads there.

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    What happened to the October 1st date?
    Ohh I know, the same thing that will happen to the October 15 date.

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    just in time for LOYKRATHONG

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post


    Since December of last year, the Thai company has produced millions of doses but they were all for export.



    This is of course a lie.

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    Is it worse as the truth or as a lie?

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    I see from various media reports the much vaunted private hospital sourcing of Moderna vaccine will not be delivered until the end of the year and the beginning of 2022 despite the devious lying bastards claiming in their texts inviting deposits by the end of June that vaccinations would begin in October.

    Truly, in the dissembling, egregious, lying fucker stakes, the Thai are the pits of Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    I see from various media reports the much vaunted private hospital sourcing of Moderna vaccine will not be delivered until the end of the year and the beginning of 2022
    "Maybe, maybe not." A quote from a doc friend of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    "Maybe, maybe not." A quote from a doc friend of mine.
    This "maybe, maybe not" ideal might apply to all the programs, policies, and protocol.
    Observations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    "Maybe, maybe not." A quote from a doc friend of mine.
    AS I mentioned in a post elsewhere, did his head fall off when he spoke? An incontrovertible test of veracity when a Thai asserts a truthful statement is whether or not their head falls off. If it remains attached to the torso the creature is either fantasising, speculating or just plain lying.

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    Thailand still plans to fully reopen on October 15, despite Covid-19 uptick


    Thailand will open to tourism in mid-October-69ba53c2-bef9-4b37-ae3e-768af0e352c1-jpeg

    Despite the recent and most severe wave of Covid-19 infections still peaking, Thailand is on track to reopen on October 15 to those travelling from overseas who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The “Phuket Sandbox” model, which launched yesterday, will serve as a pilot project for the nationwide reopening plan. The “Samui Plus” travel model next on the list, planned to start on July 15.


    PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addressed the nation 2 weeks ago, announcing the plan to fully reopen Thailand within 120 days, regardless of if most people are fully vaccinated or not.





    “We cannot wait for a time when everyone is fully vaccinated with 2 shots to open the country or for when the world is free of the virus. We must be ready to live with some risk and just try to keep it at a manageable level, and let people go back to being able to earn a living.”


    To prepare for reopening and manage the Covid-19 situation, from July onward, the Thai government aims to administer 10 million doses of the Covid-19 each month. By early October, nearly 50 million people, or at least 70% of the population, should have at least their first dose of the vaccine.


    With Covid-19 cases still on the rise, particularly in Bangkok, many have criticised Prayut for travelling to Phuket for the reopening under the Sandbox model, especially with the record-high number of Covid-related deaths over the past few days.

    Thailand still plans to fully reopen on October 15, despite Covid-19 uptick | Thaiger
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    Charming Chiang Mai is likely to be riddled with the Delta variant by then.

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    I think we all know the situation can change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thailand still plans to fully reopen on October 15, despite Covid-19 uptick
    The best laid plans of mice and Thais often go awry.

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    The current "R" rate is increasing and now hovers around the 1.2 level.

    In a country that has seen its healthcare system in its capital city near to collapse and where the vaccination rate is woefully low, and comprises a significant use of a vaccine that is demonstrated to be poor, this reproduction value makes grim reading indeed.

    Either the regime distributes 30 million doses this week or it shuts down the country. There is no other choice.

    As it is, allowing free circulation within public transport and places of social amenity and not shutting down industry, save for essential services, will kill hundredss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy John View Post
    I think we all know the situation has changed.
    FTFY.

    I foresee another Chiang Mai lockdown coming...

    The Chiang Mai Public Health office has detected 11 people infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the province.
    The 11 patients with the Delta variant were mostly infected after travelling to Bangkok before returning and spreading the virus among their relatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    As such, Thailand is investing in research and development to produce its own vaccines through local labs and Thai scientists. The most notable has been Chulalongkorn University’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, known as ChulaCov19, which began Phase 1 of human trials with 72 volunteers last week. The number of volunteers will soon go up to 5,000 in Phase 2 and even more in the final Phase 3. If all goes as planned, ChulaCov19 could be manufactured in Thailand by the end of this year.
    Jeez they must have enlisted the French scientists to help them, so forget there own vaccines.......

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