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Phuket has had a triple hit over the past 12 months.

Firstly with the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, further dampening even local traveller traffic to the island, then some further restrictions announced in the second week of January adding even further restrictions on travellers.

The island, which should be in the middle of its busiest time of the year, is now almost completely devoid of any visitors… and any revenue for its battered tourist industry.

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    Jason

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I truly feel for the people of Phuke.I was booked to visit in March 2020, but Covid 19 saw that plan cancelled. I had hope to come there every month since, but between my own country’s prohibition ofmetranvelling and Thailand’s prohibition, I couldn’t come. Please do not blame foreigners for not coming to holiday. We all want to come, but it is the pandemic, your government and in many cases, our own governments that prevent us from coming. I think the only answer is vaccines. Once these are available and recognised by nations, tourism will once again flourish in Phuket and Thailand. I miss my friends there so much!!!!!

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      Albert Zweistein

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      You nearly made me cry.

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        J West

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

        In a year’s time the cheap booze and lowlife prostitution culture will have been wiped out. What took thirty years to overflow like sewage out of a plugged toilet will be re-plumbed as a clean and respectable nation. And in the meantime, take pleasure in watching the rip off restaurants, roach hotels, beach mafia, taxi hustlers, double pricing menu pushers squirm.

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          Robert Elliott

          Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:44 pm

          I certainly hope so. But I fear not.

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    Robert

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    @Jason, I totally feel you! These little fiefdoms are all knee-jerking and requiring quarantines which is counter-productive to tourism! i hate it! after going through so many hoops and red-tape i finally made it to Bangkok to see the love of my life and am halfway through quarantine as of this writing. but to have to quarantine again to enter Phuket is AS-EFFIN-ININE! a covid negative test should be enough along with proof that you have been negative at every testing stage that was required of ASQ plus upon entering the country! lets use logic here!

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    Siso

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Keep dreaming Jason.. the miracle juice won’t change anything for this year at least. Back in Netherlands my home the gov is going to add another 3 to 6 weeks hard lockdown and so are many places in Europe and all over the world, by the time most people had the so called miracle juice injected, they predict that 80% or more of All businesses will have collapsed and failed and will not return anytime soon. So no more jobs means no more money and that means No more holidays for most ordinary folks. And besides that I would recommend people checking the depression, anxiety and suicide numbers, and not only in Thailand but all over the place they are fucking mind blowing, instead of looking at the daily infection numbers they literately vomit on you everyday in the mainstream media.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:40 am

    COVID COVID COVID that’s all we hear what about people’s livelihoods people’s state of mind peoples businesses things have to move on….. Iv said this for 8 months now COVID will be around for a long time we have to live with it. Of course the vaccines are coming and they will help but the world cannot stop!! This has gone on for far too long. We’ve had the flu for hundreds of years and carried on with life absolute madness!! And yes the media utter scandalous but only to be expected never once do they report positive stuff!!

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Norway adjusts advice after 28 possible vaccine-related deaths of elderly people

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The deaths of 23 elderly people are being investigated after dying a short time of receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine in Norway. Apart from the 23 deaths, medical officials are also reporting several people falling ill after receiving their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

At this stage there has been no direct correlation between the people’s deaths and inoculation wit the Pfizer vaccine, but medical officials report that 13 out of 23 people who died showed “common side effects of mRNA vaccines” such as “diarrhea, nausea and fever”.

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies – cdc.gov

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has taken the action of cautioning against vaccinating elderly people above 80 years of age saying “those with a short life span may not benefit much from the jab”.

“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences.”

“The agency listed fever and nausea as side effects which may have led to the deaths of some frail patients.”

Earlier this week, the Public Health authority noted that “any side effects of the vaccine will be outweighed by a reduced risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 for elderly, frail people.”

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, says that it may be a coincidence, “but we aren’t sure”.

Pfizer and BioNTech are actively working with the Norwegian authorities to investigate the death.

“The regulator discovered the number of incidents so far is not alarming and in line with expectations.”

But experts are of “the strong opinion” that doctors need to exercise caution in vaccinating people in the wake of the deaths of the 23 elderly people. The Norwegian Medicines Agency also reported that 21 women and 8 men reported side effects. Apart from the 23 deaths, 9 people have reported “serious side effects” without fatal outcomes such as “allergic reactions, strong discomfort and severe fever. Seven people reported less serious side effects such as severe pain at the injection site”.

Norwegian medical staff had administered at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccines to approximately 33,000 people as of the end of December.

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Health Minister volunteering to receive first Covid jab, as effectiveness rate questioned

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“I’ll go first!”

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has repeated his pledge to be the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, in a bid to allay people’s concerns. Questions have been raised about the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac Biotech jab after its effectiveness rating was revised downwards by researchers in Brazil.

Anutin Charnvirakul says the vaccine process will be overseen by Sophon Mekthon from the Ministry of Public Health and all safety criteria will be met. The Pattaya News reports that the minister says he has confidence in the safety of the vaccine and is willing to prove it by being the first person to get the jab. It’s not the first time he has made this suggestion but there has been no official confirmation that the Health Minister will be first in line.

Thailand has ordered 2 million doses of the vaccine, with the first 200,000 expected to arrive next month. The government has also ordered 26 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University but is not expected to take delivery of that vaccine until the middle of the year.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya City mayor planning local rollout of Covid-19 vaccine

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The mayor of Pattaya city says officials hope to be able to buy 240,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for administration to local residents. Sonthaya Khunpluem is reviewing finances and plans to set aside approximately 80 million baht for vaccine procurement, subject to government approval.

“Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht, Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”

The move comes following confirmation from the government that local authorities could purchase their own vaccines in order to speed up the process. A number of other local authorities have also said they intend to do the same. The government has stipulated that only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration can be purchased.

Sonthaya hopes that by vaccinating Pattaya residents, tourism in the area could get a boost and the economic recovery could begin. The Pattaya News reports that officials from the Pattaya City Finance Office and other relevant agencies have met to review projects planned for the year ahead, to determine Pattaya’s spending power for buying vaccines.

It’s understood the vaccine would be offered to local residents for free, but what is not known is if that includes foreign residents. Officials have also not confirmed when the rollout is expected to begin, or which vaccine would be used.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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