Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Another doctor urges caution over hasty reopening plans



File Photo

Another doctor has stressed the need for caution over hastily reopening Thailand. However, where the last doctor cautioned against removing the 14 day quarantine, this doctor is emphasising that vaccinating 50 million Thais should not be the only priority.

Dr Nithipat Jiankul, chief of the respiratory disease and tuberculosis department, says that the mass vaccination campaign to achieve here immunity overlooks the healthcare system, the economy, and security.

The doctor says if the infection rate remains around 3,000 a day, or over 300 people still need a ventilator, it would be preferable for the country to stay closed.

He goes on to say that the goalpost of vaccinating 50 million people with the first dose of a vaccine to achieve herd immunity should only be the first step toward easing restrictions. He argues that mass vaccinations should not be the only precondition for reopening.

Further, he says that getting both inoculations isn’t the end of the story. People still need to get a third booster inoculation as well.

The Rural Doctor Society has also chimed in again. They are doubtful that reopening the country in 120 days is feasible. Again they demanded the government increase transparency.

They argue that the PM’s decision came from economists and not health officials.

The society says the crucial factor should be the containment of the pandemics. They cite having an adequate amount of vaccines as being the backbone of containment. They add that they are dubious the government will get the 10 million doses of AstraZeneca next month.

They warn that the PM is giving false hope if there aren’t enough vaccines. Further, his goal will be hindered if outbreaks expose new variants.



Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chiang Rai1 hour ago

2018 Thai cave rescue inspires new attraction in Chiang Rai

Thailand1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | New traffic rule to affect entire country

Economy1 hour ago

Robots now serving people at Thai restaurant chain

Sponsored9 hours ago

LASIK eye surgery with state-of-the-art procedures in Thailand

Bangkok1 hour ago

Patiphan explains to police: It was my twin brother Patiphat!

Thailand2 hours ago

Woman faces jail for trafficking girls after karaoke raid in Thailand

Weather2 hours ago

South Korea’s capital sees record rainfall, at least 9 killed

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Protests3 hours ago

Amnesty International urges Thailand to free activists and return bail rights

Drugs3 hours ago

Truck leads police on 100km chase over shockingly small drug stash

Chon Buri3 hours ago

Chon Buri police couldn’t find victim of car crash on back seat

Phuket3 hours ago

Phuket expects recent India road show to bring in even more tourists, and revenue

Press Room3 hours ago

Jungceylon undergoes renovation to become a one-stop shopping paradise

World4 hours ago

Pakistani Taliban commander reportedly killed in Afghanistan

Tourism4 hours ago

Europeans lost in Koh Pha Ngan forest found by tourist police

Chon Buri4 hours ago

Mountain B fire death toll rises to 16

Bangkok5 hours ago

MRT says Bangkok won’t suffer any Seoul-type metro flooding

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11