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Government think tank says vaccine rollout vital to tourism recovery

Maya Taylor

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The National Economic and Social Development Council says the recovery of Thailand’s tourism sector is heavily dependent on the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and the establishment of herd immunity in the Kingdom. The Bangkok Post reports that Danucha Pichayanan from the NESDC says the government needs to come up with a better plan for the rollout, including prioritising workers in the tourism sector.

“The recovery of the tourism industry depends on the government’s capability to arrange vaccine distribution. The faster the government distributes vaccines, the better the country’s tourism industry recovery as well as Thailand’s economic growth.”

Danucha adds that there is a need for vaccination to be prioritised at the main tourist hotspots, as well as manufacturing production sites. He says the government should be in a position to provide the jabs during the last quarter of the year, adding that this should lead to quarantine requirements being relaxed for foreign arrivals.

The NESDC has already revised downwards its forecast for international arrivals this year, from 5 million to 3.2 million. The downgrade is due to the resurgence of the virus late last year, coupled with the ongoing spread in other countries and a lack of proof of vaccine efficacy.

“The new wave of Covid-19 spreading in countries such as Italy, Finland, Brazil, Turkey, Iran and our neighbouring nations like Malaysia and Indonesia will definitely freeze the recovery of Thailand’s tourism industry.”

Meanwhile, the NESDC predicts that developed nations will have vaccinated 50% of their populations by the first half of this year and 75% by year end. For developing countries, the numbers drop to 50% inoculated this year and 75% during the first half of next year. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has confirmed that the first 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac jab will arrive in Thailand next Wednesday and will be distributed by the end of the month.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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18 Comments

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:27 am

    😮 Who’d have guessed? 😮

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    Maverick

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Widespread vaccination of the vulnerable as well as acceptance of Immunisation passports is the way forward – the latter is now being pushed by European tourist markets – welcome developments and some hope for 2022 at least.

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:02 am

      If there’s widespread vaccination somewhere, why would anyone need a vaccination passport to go there?

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        Jason

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:02 pm

        There you go making sense again John :)) If only it worked that way…in the world! Funny thing is we trust in passports almost universally to travel throughout the world that are produced by governments and used by all citizens around the world. We stamp a visa in it and entry is permitted. Surely a vaccination stamp in passport should be enough?

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    Wayne C

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:01 am

    2 million doses of the Chinese vaccine at 50% efficiency two shots per person equals 500,000 walking time bomb’s.
    Don’t let the Tourist know that our vaccines don’t work.

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    EdwardV

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:32 am

    “ vaccination to be prioritised at the main tourist hotspots” – meaning not just the islands. Think Pattaya and Chiang Mai too. Sounds like they have given up on the third quarter as expected. The fourth quarter is much more realistic but I won’t be surprised if it’s not until the first of 2022.

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    Rahul

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Taking Chinese vaccine. is that a good idea????

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      James Pate

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:54 am

      I’ll take whatever brand they are serving up. Better than nothing.

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    Ray

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Have you guys noticed that worldwide infection rates are declining? In Holland where the virus is still rampant and lockdown is in place, there where no excess deaths last month compared to the same period last year. Maybe this pandemic goes out with a whimper. Of course we should not stop with the safety measures and vaccinations, so it can make a u-turn.

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Cases – yes.

      Deaths – NO.

      Now which one is more significant ….?

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        Ray

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:22 pm

        Deaths rates don’t give the actual picture of the pandemic. They come with a delay of a few weeks. Most people don’t die within a couple of days but after prolonged illness.

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          Issan John

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:54 pm

          They give a far more accurate and direct “picture” than anything else, albeit up to 28 days behind – it just isn’t the picture you want 🙂 !

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            Ray

            Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:15 am

            Do you actually know what you’re saying? The use of “direct” and “28 days behind” used in the one sentence for the same statistic is contradictory.
            Now that the infection rates are falling worldwide we can expect the death rate to fall as well within a few weeks. The opposite was true when the cases were on the rise. The increase of deaths happened a few weeks later.

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    Yan

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Mr. Anutin…stop dreaming…There are more than 70.000.000 Thai… What are you going to do with 200.000 or even 2.000.000 vaccines? Wake up man! DO something.

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    It took a “government think tank” to come up with that?

    Amazing Thailand.

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      James Pate

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:52 am

      Yeah, apparently.

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    Social Observer

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:16 am

    “Government think tank says vaccine rollout vital to tourism recovery.” Wow. Homer Simpson came to the same conclusion after drinking a 12 pack of beer. Sheer genius.

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    Dreqo

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Too little, too late. Stand back and watch the fire burn, it’s the only option at this stage.

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