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Survey shows growing acceptance of Covid-19 vaccines in some countries

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A survey of 6 countries shows that the number of people willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is on the rise. The poll, conducted by the international consultancy KekstCNC, indicates that the number of people willing to be vaccinated has risen since last year. The countries that took part were the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Sweden, with all reporting a similar trend.

The highest percentage in favour of vaccination was in the UK, where mass vaccination is well underway. 89% of those surveyed say they’re in favour of being vaccinated, an increase on December’s figure of 70%.

Sweden’s percentage of those in favour of vaccination rose to 76%, from 53% in December. In the US, it was 64%, up from December’s 58%, in Germany, 73% favour vaccination, up from 63%, and in Japan, the percentage is 64%, up from 50% in December.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the numbers were lowest in vaccine-sceptical France, with 59% in favour of the vaccine. However, this is a significant rise from December’s 40%.

In some countries, people were critical of the vaccine rollout, but 76% of people in the UK feel the government has done well. In the US, only 32% are happy with the vaccine rollout, in Germany and Japan it’s 28%, 22% in France and just 20% in Sweden. Both the UK and Israel are seen as having the most success with the rollout of their vaccine programmes.

Covid-19 has now killed 2,543,285 people and infected 114,686,933 around the world since the start of the pandemic in December 2019. The US has recorded the highest number of deaths, at 525,776.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Denise Thomson

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I’m on the fence ,still have too wear masks social distance and many arn’t getting it.

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    dee lee

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:01 am

    So , worldwide mortality rate is 2.2% !

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      BangkokBen

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 1:08 am

      That is based on confirmed cases. Most experts believe the actual number of people infected is 5-10 times higher than the confirmed number, so the rate is more like 0.4% or less

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    Robert Bunker

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

    2.5 million deaths within assumed population of 7 billion actually equates to approx. 0.03%.
    And that’s if you believe that all deaths so registered are as a direct result of covid-19 (as opposed to being one of a possible range of causes the patient having tested positive at some point in the previous 28 days)

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    Phuket Tony

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    no its actually 0.02and guaranteed those are inflated numbers..

    However the world has acted like its 50% of the world dying.. very sad how fear has ripped into common sense

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Correct, Robert B – some maths here is badly flawed, to put it mildly.

    So, though, is your argument since it’s based on the premise that if anyone dies within 28 days of a positive test then they’re automatically registered as dying of Covid-19.

    That’s completely untrue.

    It’s based on deaths after 28 days of a positive Covid test NOT being registered as being due solely to Covid-19 – the reverse, though, is not always the case.

    Anyone who dies in a traffic accident or who is stabbed, shot, or jumps off a 20th floor balcony in Pattaya, for example, is NOT “registered as a direct result of covid-19” if they had a positive Covid test up to 28 days beforehand.

    Their death CAN be, while if it’s over 28 days later it CANNOT be, but it’s NOT always the case.

    It’s the old conspiracy theory misdirection that because all giraffes are mammals so it follows that all mammals are giraffes.

    It’s simply not true.

    Also badly flawed is your suggestion that the actual figure may be lower because some deaths may have been wrongly attributed to Covid-19 rather than other causes.

    That’s exactly like saying that while some deaths are recorded as due to rabies or polio, that’s only “if you believe that all deaths so registered are as a direct result of” rabies or polio.

    … that anyone bitten by a rabid dog who died less than a month later may well have died of other causes, as may anyone who caught polio, so the numbers may be less.

    Obviously in some cases that could be true, they could have died in a traffic accident, been shot, jumped off a Pattata balcony, etc, but equally obviously some registered as dying of other causes could actually have died of rabies or polio that wasn’t diagnosed so the numbers COULD be higher.

    Nobody knows, but it’s not unreasonable to think that the numbers are unlikely to be more than minimal either way and probably balance each other out anyway.

    Far more importantly, you’ve completely ignored that much of the world has been either in lockdown or taking other precautions for that period, such as mask wearing and social distancing, and that many hospitalised and recovering now wouldn’t have recovered a year ago, so if those measures hadn’t been taken the number of deaths would inevitably be far higher.

    Far, far higher.

    … and if (IF) your conclusion is that because only 0.03% have died of Covid-19 so there’s no need to worry about it, then that’s 40 times more than the 0.0008% who died of rabies and 6,000 times more than the 0.000005% who died of polio, so why is anyone worrying about dying of rabies or polio?

    Shouldn’t we stop mandating annual vaccinations for pets, and be letting rabid dogs run wild, because only 0.0008% of the population die of rabies?

    ….. and stop polio vaccinations because only 0.000005% die of polio so it’s not worth bothering about?

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    dee lee

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    2,543,285 divided by 114,686,933 as per the last paragraph numbers IS 0.02217589OR or ABOUT 2.2%as I told you at 11.01 am

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    dee lee

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Robert and John just to be clear and without casting any aspersions one must be infected with the virus to die of the virus , so only the infected people count NOT the global population . Keep your mask on !

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    David

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    1. surveys, means 1% or less of all people in a country, are asked.
    same with polls, most are not asked. and most not really want to answer anymore.
    _
    most are tired of the official his-story of, 1-3. viruses, climate, gender, migration,
    4-6. war, terror, right vs. left terror, health (e.g. dietS ),
    7-9. money-system, government votes, and
    education ( big bang and evolution -theories / come from nowhere and monkeys ),
    which got boring.
    __
    2. most people per country, what is worldwide so, not care / watch what
    people at the whole government with scientists at their health institutions
    and professors at universities, plus bosses at ngo s, and think tanks,
    corporations and foundations, news and religions,
    or famous people at entertainment industry says.
    __
    3. plus, most people not even care, how most people feel in their neighborhood.
    not want to help others, except to best friends,
    and not want to make a bigger change in its life.
    _
    means, no, there is never a majority,
    which supports anything of main goals at governmentS.
    everyone can keep, to believe ( what is never, to know ) anything.
    __
    4. i thank for having this, time of corona.
    many more people, got distance to government etc.
    but of course, youtube etc. are not only a holy source of informations.
    __
    5. even, alternatives of alternatives, of news, 1 topics, and even spirituality,
    not say everything what is needed, and mixed with some of, his-story.
    _
    but to know much truths, and say no to the wrong things,
    not will change much. the show must “not” go on. have a good thoughtfully day,
    your thoughts, are always the beginning. you have the power to change them,
    what is everything what you need.

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    Billy

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I am confused about this article. Is the key question in the survey referred to in this article:
    “Acceptance of the Vaccine:” Meaning you are cool with having one yourself?
    OR
    Are you satisfied with the rollout?
    For the USA survey, most folks in the US are not satisfied with the rollout but most people here will want to get it at least 66% according to CNN.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    “2,543,285 divided by 114,686,933 as per the last paragraph numbers IS 0.02217589OR or ABOUT 2.2%as I told you at 11.01 am”

    That isn’t the “mortality rate”, dee lee, it’s the Case Fatality Rate (CFR).

    Two totally different things.

    “Mortality rates” are always a percentage of the population (globally, by country, gender, age, etc), NOT of “infected people”.

    The percentage of “infected people” dying is the Case Fatality Rate.

    Sorry. 🙁

    Google is your friend – or in your case, probably not.

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    MARK GOODYEAR

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Hmmmm? ‘GROWING ACCEPTANCE”…. I don’t think so…Not in my country anyway. Thailand may be different. Here in Bandung everyone’s very sceptical… especially the ex-pats!!

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    Ben

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Experts think the actual amount of people infected is about 10 times the actual case count. So divide the CFR by 10.

    As more people get vaccinated a higher percentage will get the vaccine. They will see their friends, relatives and neighbors get the jab with small side effects that go away quickly. Many don’t want to go first and prefer to see others go first and come out unscathed.

    People in the UK that have been to hell and back are going to be more eager to get the vaccine than folks in Thailand who have mostly gone about their daily business wearing masks and absent tourists.

    Those that minimize this virus are mainly younger and uninformed But some are just downright stupid.. This is roughly 3-5 times deadlier than the flu and has filled our hospitals and morgues to capacity in the west like no flu ever has. The hope is with working vaccines it’ll become manageable like the flu.

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      BangkokBen

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 1:13 am

      Agree with your assessment, but what many are concerned about is that even after the vaccine is widely available, we will still be told we must live under these restrictions indefinitely. From what we keep hearing, that doesn’t sound farfetched.

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      Rob

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:22 am

      You must be one of the downright stupids, right? It IS NOT 3-5 times more deadly….and it has actually never been isolated and purified! That means that NO ONE has ANY proof that is actually exists! It died more people per percentage here in Sweden in 2002 than last year, so the downright correct answer to all this is; IT IS A BLOODY PLANNED HOAX! And the numbers don´t add up in ANY country! ITS IS NOT MORE DEALDY THAN AN ORDINARY HARDER FLU! Actually a recent study of a Californian virologist confirmed that of 1500 positive cases of “Covid-19”, 1500 DID NOT contained ANY so called “Covid-19”, but instead all of them contained traces of “Influenza A”! Politicians in Italy has confirmed that about 98 percent of all their “COVID” deaths died from other causes! I can make the list loooooooong but I guess a Zombies like you have troubles grasping the truth and the magnitude of this global planned agenda!? And….the “Vaccine” IS NOT A VACCINE!! It is experimental gene therapy!! And this time they skipped animal studies and took the studies directly onto humans! Over 45000 people in UK have already got severe or mild side effects from it!! Thousands have already died all around the world cos of this satanic jab!! But go on, dude….take the jab and alter your genetics….go ahead….but mark my words, you will see MANY deaths in about 2-6 months from now that “they” will blaim on another strain of “Covid” or perhaps even on another completely new “Covid” pathogen…..and in the long run millions will die cos of the REAL killer, namely the “Vaccine”….just wait and see……

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    dee lee

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:35 am

    The Sun’s rays must be really comming down hard in Issan

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Actually, no, dee lee, unfortunately “the sun’s rays” are anything but “comming down hard in Issan”.

    Unfortunately the loonies are out burning the woods (as distinct from the fields) as usual so there’s smog everywhere.

    CFR really isn’t the same as the “mortality rate”. Sorry, but it just isn’t.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:35 am

    😴 😴 😴… sorry, Rob, wake me up when you say something true that hasn’t already been shown to be complete nonsense … 😴 😴 😴 …

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    William

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Florida didn’t do any lockdowns. Why isn’t everyone dead or infected? Florida is the elephant in the room that screams hoax. This is all a media event to help govt get control of the people.

    I will not be getting a vaccine for a supposed virus that kills mostly the very very old.

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Hotel blog suggests Phuket should push ahead with July reopening despite Covid surge

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PHOTO: Hotels and other tourism business are hoping the July 1st reopening goal can still be achieved.

A hotel information blog is claiming that, despite growing Covid-19 numbers, Phuket should stick to its schedule in reopening to travellers without quarantine in July. That’s only 2 and a half months away.

In an interview with the Director of Travel and Tourism Consulting at GlobalData, they stressed that while it is crucial to reign in the spread of Covid-19 and the B117 strain now manacing Thailand, the risk must not overshadow the need teo push forward with vaccinations and the march towards eliminating the quarantine by July in order to save the tourism industry and all those dependent on it.

“The Phuket pilot program is essential in creating a path towards economic recovery for Thailand, a country heavily dependent on tourism. More than 17% of Thailand’s gross domestic product is attributed to tourism and the Covid-19 pandemic has lead to the worst economic free-fall in over 20 years”

The blog acknowledges the inherent risk and possible appearance of foolishness to prioritise the plans to reopen and carry on with the same rollout schedule. But they urge Thai authorities to consider that July 1 is still 2 and a half months away, leaving ample time to recover and make progress towards the approaching Phuket reopening. A vital aspect of the reopening plan lies in vaccinating over 70% of Phuket’s provincial residents, a sizable task, but one that brings great benefit with or without the scheduled reopening.

“Pushing ahead to achieve this goal puts Phuket on track to welcome back tourists, perhaps in a “bio-bubble”, and restart the economy. The economy is desperate with household debt growing, pushing the government to enact emergency decrees to provide relief. These households need the return of tourism and the influx of cash international tourists will bring.”

The blog hopes that Thai authorities can balance the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in Phuket to protect the Thai population with the economic need to bring back tourism. They believe that with sufficient measures in place, vaccinated locals could welcome vaccinated international tourists back to Phuket reopening safely in July.

SOURCE: Hotel News Resource

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FILE PHOTO: Covid-19 cases continue to be identified from entertainment venues across Thailand.

The Chon Buri Covid-19 cluster is spreading with the Chon Buri Provincial Public Health Office confirming 99 new cases today. The province, which contains Pattaya, seems to be following a growing infection trend. The Pattaya area saw 47 new cases, and Mueang Chon Buri had 41 cases, with other districts having less than 5 each. 2 people infected with Covid-19 were brought from outside Chon Buri for treatment locally. The new cases bring the total number of Covid-19 infections in the province up to 710 people.

While infections are on the rise, officials advise that the numbers are not showing a severe or exponential increase and are in line with daily averages. They say the growing numbers are more likely due to “diligent testing throughout the community”, especially in nightlife venues and popular entertainment districts. 984 cautionary tests were administered today along with 342 people suspected to have been in close contact with Covid-19 infected people.

Within the new infections, 41 people are still being investigated to find the source of the virus, while 29 people were family members or close contacts of other infected people.

The sources of new infections are…

  • PATTAYA
    • 3 infections at The Box 69 Pattaya
    • 3 infections at Cetus Pattaya
    • 3 infections at Garden 168
    • 1 infection at Bone Pattaya
    • 1 infection at Insomnia Pattaya
  • OTHER AREAS IN CHON BURI
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    • 4 infections at Infinity Siracha
    • 3 infections at 2.7 Replay Bang Saen
  • FROM OUTSIDE CHON BURI
    • 4 infections at Entertainment venues in Bangkok

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Thailand’s northern provinces are starting to impose more self-quarantines or travel restrictions to combat the recent Covid-19 outbreak that has spread quickly throughout northern Thailand. Phichit and Lampang provinces are the latest in northern Thailand to impose a variety of covid-19 restrictions on people entering.

A Thailand Interior Ministry told Chiang Rai Times that the longer list emphasises the seriousness of the 3rd wave of the coronavirus. The new wave originated in nightlife venues in Bangkok and has spread to 74 out of Thailand’s 77 provinces, as of yesterday. Health inspectors believe the new and more contagious UK strain of Covid-19, named B117, arrived in Thailand from Cambodia through migrants.

But as the CCSA has largely placed restrictions in the hands of each provincial government, many are confused about what guidelines they must follow upon entering certain provinces. Northern Thailand’s Lampang province, for example, orders visitors from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Chiang Mai to report immediately to local health authorities or officials, but it does not require them to undergo quarantine for 2 weeks if test results are negative.

Visitors are advised to check updated information at moicovid.com as the rules are different in each province. So far, 42 provinces have imposed self-quarantine. Phichit, Lampang and Ubon Ratchathani were the latest to join 39 other provinces imposing a variety of restrictions on people entering their provinces.

Visitors to the website posted multiple questions, mostly on whether they needed to be quarantined.

Provinces that impose self-quarantine or other requirements on travellers:

NORTH

  • Chiang Mai
  • Kamphaeng Phet
  • Lampang
  • Lamphun
  • Nan
  • Phayao
  • Phetchabun
  • Phichit
  • Phitsanulok
  • Phrae
  • Tak
  • Uttaradit

NORTHEAST

  • Amnat Charoen
  • Bung Kan
  • Buri Ram
  • Chaiyaphum
  • Khon Kaen
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Mukdahan
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nong Bua Lam Phu
  • Nong Khai
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Yasothon

CENTAL AND EAST

  • Chai Nat
  • Lop Buri
  • Nakhon Sawan
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Saraburi
  • Sing Buri
  • Uthai Thani

SOUTH

  • Chumphon
  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Phangnga
  • Ranong
  • Satun
  • Songkhla
  • Trang

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