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Thai PM orders Foreign Ministry to conduct vaccine passport study

Maya Taylor




The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says the government will look into the possibility of a vaccine passport policy, with discussions set to take place on Monday. The PM has asked the Foreign Ministry to carry out a study on the use of vaccine passports, but adds that there is no guarantee such a system would work at international level.

“So, at this point, I have ordered a study to be conducted around this idea in preparation for (a future use of it) so that Thailand will be able to keep up with other countries. Opinions about the Covid-19 vaccine passport system still vary, even in Thailand.”

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says Monday’s meeting of the National Communicable Diseases Council will include a discussion on vaccine passports and the possibility of reducing the mandatory quarantine period. It’s understood the Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has asked that everybody vaccinated in Thailand be provided with a certification of vaccination to help with any overseas travel plans.

Opas says he’s unsure about vaccinated people who want to come to Thailand, pointing out that the World Health Organisation has not yet outlined any criteria for vaccine passports. He adds that international talks and mutual agreements may need to be put in place first.

“The mandatory quarantine measures in Thailand will be based on the incubation period of the virus, which cannot be determined yet as nobody knows how the vaccine will affect it. The incubation period can be longer or shorter, as vaccines currently do not provide 100% protection. This will also be discussed at the meeting.”

Some countries, such as the US, the UK, and EU member states are understood to be considering a digital vaccine passport, although others have voiced objection to such a plan, questioning the efficacy of vaccines and whether they offer total protection.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 8:43 am

    This was a ridiculous conspiracy theory not long ago.

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Yup study is okay.Vaccine passport without vaccine.Oh maybe next year.

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I hope they do it right, this passport (document) it could save lives & stop c-19 in its tracks.
    Stop the spread of c-19, the Thai government, like all governments around the world, this is our chance too
    be 100% truthful on this. I myself have had enough of this virus, like everyone else.
    We don’t need B-S,, on this. Wouldn’t it be nice too hug your love one’s & say it’s over… the score- card should now read, human beings (1) C-19 nil,,,,, ? We will win…

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    Richard Barker

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Well, at least they are thinking about it so got to be a plus

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Keep quarantine and in 9 months country back 50 years at least, millions of jobless added to millions, additional 100 thousands + biz closed for ever due no more funds,credits & hopes.Then,surely not adverted thousands of suicides. What a pity when health system ca’ handle thousands which would be hardly found and may be very few hundred casualties of weak & elderly patients !!

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

    It’s certainly promising that the PM is being somewhat open minded about considering the possibility of reducing or eliminating the two week jail sentence, paid for by the inmate. At some point he and his advisors will have to face the necessity of reducing the difficulty and expense of traveling to Thailand, for the good of the Thai people. Some kind of screening will be necessary, and people who have been vaccinated would be a good start.

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    Andy W

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    If they haven’t had an outline process in place iro vaccine passports then they’re at least 3 months behind most other tourist destination countries…
    Sure details about any quarantine etc must be flexible until the transmission data is analysed but the basic system should all ready to be rolled out by now.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Whose “health system ca’ handle thousands” of hospitalized cases, if they happened, patnou?

    … and why would Thailand only have “very few hundred casualties of weak & elderly patients !!” when all other countries that have opened their borders to unquarantined visitors have had rather more than that?

    Just asking …..

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    Vaccine will kill all of us

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    sounds like you believe in that conspiracy theory that there is a virus which is killing the whole population on earth?

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    IJ , (Webster Dictionary) you have written in a hundred times about C-19. What has changed your tune on this.
    I know what you do, you (copy cat) of other newspapers. Twist it and write in. So what you write , it’s not coming from you. Why do you do that….. cast your own judgement, your better than that. Just asking you say.
    Write what you know in English for me please, and write something funny too…??‍♂️? P.S. I did not go too school, I am learning as I go, and don’t use them percentage things either . Them things are a knock out for me…. ???

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    and still people believe everythin. How many have had died or lost their livelyhoods because of this nonsense? UK and USA puts all as covid deaths if had positive result within 30days of death. I have been licking my fingers and not used mask for 6 months, no one has had covid near to me. All normal influenza gone?! and thats because of measures? then why covid is spreading? its not a novel miracle virus, similar than many other corona viruses that spread always, and that pcr test cannot smell is it cv19 or other strain, also it can show just strain, not live virus or tell if you are infected.

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Since 1967 I have a yellow WHO “International certificates of vaccination” book.
    I showed and used it everywhere, I see vaccinations against smallpox,yellow fever,cholera, tetanus given to me in Antwerp, Iran, Dubai, New York,…
    So why can’t that be used? Now every country wants to make his own passport.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:30 am

    We in the UK are going to have such a passport, the difference is I, my son and wife have already had the vaccine so we can have a vaccine passport along with 21 million other British people.

    Maybe in a years time Thailand will have vaccinated a few more of their citizens.

    Until then most farangs will stay away just in case the virus mutates in Thailand due to the long slow approach they are taking to even receive a vaccine as they ordered them far too late.

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    James R

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Issan John

    The virus is spread by the the locals in any country due to not having a lockdown forced onto the general population as you only need a few locals to have it before passing it on as the rate of infection becomes exponential, it has not much to do with keeping borders shut re the overall number of cases.

    We in the UK found out that once we locked people down the numbers went down drastically very quickly, oneve a let up then the numbers grew again, since the last very hard lockdown since before Christmas the numbers are now relatively very small and will be almost zero in a few weeks time.

    In Thailand you continue to go to pubs, restaurants and all other crowded events, it has been going on for most of the last year and you have very few reported numbers.

    Are you so naive you believe the figures published by this dictatorial military government, if so you must have lost you marbles in this respect.

    Your free vaccine is still waiting for you in your home country, you will have to wait a year or two to get one there, the tourists will stay away until Thailand en masse have been vaccinated.

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Too bad they’ve already given themselves an out and stated that the vaccine doesnt actually prevent transmission of “the virus.” Best stay in the UK and out of Thailand forever, mates.

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