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Thailand’s private hospitals are planning to profit off of offering Covid-19 vaccines for paying customers. The hospitals have allegedly been procuring doses of vaccines after negotiating with different manufacturers. The news comes after Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has stopped the rollout of the AstrasZeneca vaccine after some countries in the EU banned its use over blood clot concerns.

The hospitals are allegedly looking into using the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Bharat Biotech vaccines that are not yet approved by Thailand’s Centre For Disease Control. The chairman of Thai hospital chain Thonburi Healthcare Group, Boon Vanasin, says the chain plans to sell the vaccines at 2,000 baht per dose. Boon says the hospital group has already received orders from tourism and other businesses.

The Thai government began innoculating Thai citizens for free last month, using the Sinovac vaccine as part of its plan to immunise 33 million Thais by the year end. Around 33,000 Thais have already received the jab since March 9, but Boon says the goal of vaccinating only 33 million people won’t achieve herd immunity.

“Having half of the population vaccinated by year-end is not enough. Some 70 – 80% of the population need to be vaccinated before then to create herd immunity and confidence [for visitors]. At least 16 million doses of vaccines are in high demand in around 20 tourism provinces of Thailand.”

Now health authorities are announcing a halt in the roll-out of AstraZeneca vaccines after some EU countries stopped using it after blood clots were reported. Thailand’s PM was supposed to receive the AstraZeneca jab yeterday, but is now holding off after the recent news of the worrying side-effects. But the dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital maintains that the vaccine is safe to be widely administered.

He says the overall statistics show no correlation per 100,000 in blood clots. The World Health Organisation echoed his findings saying there was no link between the jab and an increased risk of developing a clot.

Wichit Prakobkosol, the president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, says the move for private hospitals to offer the vaccines falls in line with many tourism businesses plans to pay for the jabs because it was a better option than “the free, but delayed doses from the government.”

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Ian Bromley

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:23 am

    The government should be pleased that businesses as well as private individuals are willing to pay. It will save them a great deal of money. When I enquired at my private hospital 4 days ago their responses were that they could disclose nothing about their plans and that the government has them in a vice like grip of control. It seems that there is the question of loss of face by having private hospitals providing jabs before the state can do so. And we all know that Astra Zeneca has a terrible reputation for supplying only a fraction of what they are contracted to do plus the Thai manufacturer has never supplied vaccines before. This government is going to have more that egg on its face very soon.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I am not surprised. They would sell the dead bodies if nobody claimed them.
    WE saw one hospital wheel chair a ferang out of the hospital and stand him at the side of Soi Buakhao to wait for a baht bus.
    He probably could not pay.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Unbelievable – not just from the Thaiger but also the Chiang Rai Times.

    OF COURSE the private hospitals are “planning to profit” from the vaccines! They’re “for profit” companies, FFS, not charities.

    It’s like listening to a weather forecaster saying the rain will be wet.

    2,000 baht per dose seems very reasonable, but it’s all academic until / unless the vaccines are approved by Thailand as without government approval it’s illegal for any hospital to administer any vaccine.

    Agreed 100%, Ian B. The fiasco over the vaccine roll out and suspected reason for the delays may have a lot greater effect than the sporadic and increasingly poorly supported protests in Bangkok.

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    Ian Jones

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    2000 THB seam way to low, Bangkok Hospital would without shame add a zero at the end. These guys are good but sucks you for every cent you have, and then a bit more.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    “WE saw one hospital wheel chair a ferang out of the hospital and stand him at the side of Soi Buakhao to wait for a baht bus.
    He probably could not pay.”

    Toby, the City Hospital on Soi Buakhao is a government hospital, not a private one.

    If he was wheel chaired out to the side of the road so he could catch a baht bus he would have paid his bill (unless he was covered by a work permit / social security), or he would have been wheeled out to the BiB on Soi 8.

    What would have happened to him if he’d been a Thai tourist at the Royal Free? After paying his bill would they have wheeled him up the hill to Belsize Park tube, or the 268 bus stop?

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    Mike

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been banned by any country – one batch has been suspended.

    No case has ben directly linked to the vaccine.

    Terrible journalism

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    Wayno

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Correct Mike and i agree about the journo’s lack of understanding regarding the subject matter. Read it and reprint it without comprehention.
    From the numbers i am seeing being reported it appears an individual will be LESS likely to have a blood clot after being vaccinated.
    Lets face it, the scandies are not known for their bravery and Thailand is a nation of sheeple and will follow blindly, not actually knowing why they are following…

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    Wayno

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    “The hospitals are allegedly looking into using the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Bharat Biotech vaccines that are not yet approved by Thailand’s Centre For Disease Control”

    That will not please the big man who plans to supply all of SE Asia with AZ

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    Yan

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Let the Government inform us where we can get the vaccine and travel in and out without quarantaine.

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    Steve

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Millions of zenica vaccine given. 60 people or so with blood clots no relationship what so ever. Just sheer chance!

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    Ynwaps

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    You can not plan to profit. You can only plan to not profit while making profit.
    The whole concept is a flaw in your limited understanding of the free markets.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    This is not a government hospital only for Thais.
    They will treat ferangs, and when they do they make a major surgical extraction from the ferang’s wallet.
    One case on Pattaya Talk was B20.000 for removal of a corn on a foot.
    If any ferang will not agree to this theft from these Thai scum, they will be dumped by the side of the nearest road.
    You are always justifying these Thai outrages by “well in the west”, well would this happen in Britain to a Thai? No social services would have taken charge as you know very well.

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    JERRY MOUSE

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I think the Thaiger could have a great story here. I have just arrived from South Africa and been put into solitary confinement in a 4×4 room without a window and no exercise for 14 days. and they call this QUARANTINE

    QUARANTINE OR SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

    the HEALTH MINISTER SHOULD SPEND 14 DAYS LIKE THIS HE WILL SOON CHANGE HIS MIND

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    TC

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Toby.
    The paying private patients go there by choice right??
    You seem very angry about something which is a matter of choice.
    We have a communist running our country and no vaccine in sight for 6 to 12 months. If I can get a vaccine for 2,000 and travel freely thereafter I will book the flight tomorrow and pay the quarantine. And someone should profit along the way.

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    Gordon

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 5:03 am

    Watch Dr. Coleman’s latest video on Brand New Tube. He has some interesting things to say on the matter.

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    Joe

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Isaan Hitler of course thinks it’s perfectly OK that a foreigner gets ripped off at a hospital. People like him were the kapos at the camps.

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    Larry

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Just curious… why does Issan John get such vitriol on this forum? He has disagreed with me a few times, but never done so rudely. It does seem quite over the top to respond to “if he was wheeled to a bus stop from a government hospital, he probably paid” with “you are Hitler”.

    I’m just wondering.

    Did I miss something?

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    “The paying private patients go there by choice right??
    You seem very angry about something which is a matter of choice.”

    Exactly, TC – farangs in Pattaya could choose to go anywhere from Banglamung Hospital in Naklua to Pattata City, Pattaya Memorial, Pattaya International, to BHP, plus any number of clinics and nearby hospitals.

    – price may well dictate the “ambience” of your treatment but not the efficacy.

    I just can’t see what’s wrong with “WE saw one hospital wheel chair a ferang out of the hospital and stand him at the side of Soi Buakhao to wait for a baht bus” – assuming that he wanted a baht bus 😂. I’m sure that if he’d wanted an ambulance (and to pay for it) or a taxi that could have been arranged.

    The service in most hospitals, in Thailand or anywhere else, ends at the door so I would have thought wheeling him out to the side of the road to wait for a baht bus was going way beyond reasonable expectations. What more could they possibly have done?

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    “You can not plan to profit. You can only plan to not profit while making profit.
    The whole concept is a flaw in your limited understanding of the free markets.”

    So in a “free market” economy “you can not plan to profit”?

    Really? 😂 😂 😂

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    “QUARANTINE OR SOLITARY CONFINEMENT”

    Well, JERRY M, unless you’re a Thai and have chosen to get your SQ for free then you get the ASQ or ALSQ you’ve chosen and are willing to pay for.

    It’s your choice. If that’s what you chose … well … up to you.

    … and FWIW “quarantine” is “solitary confinement” unless you’ve chosen golf or villa quarantine as part of a group. That, by definition, is what “quarantine” is.

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    “So in a “free market” economy “you can not plan to profit”?”

    No I mean you can not plan to not profit. It’s always about profit. It’s shareholder economics. Literally the point of having private hospitals is for profit.
    Now the government has to make sure that public hospitals have a minimum standard and that private hospitals don’t scam their society like they do in the US.

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    James R

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Private hospitals making a profit, how terrible.

    They are just as bad as supermarkets making profit by selling us food which also keeps us alive, Tesco bosses should be imprisoned until they hand all food out for free.

    And petrol too, we need petrol to get to work but we have to buy it, they should all be told off for having the cheek to make money in a capitalist system.

    We should all get everything for free, well complainers want to get paid for the work they do, that should be an exception of course. 🤣

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    David Mann

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I think the point being made here by a number of people relates not to a fair and reasonable profit being made by a business, but the “Profiteering” by some of these private hospitals. There’s a significant difference!

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:18 am

    I will happily pay 2000-3000 to a reputable, private hospital if I could get it sooner rather than later. I’d prefer that over a free shot in October that may have spoilt or whatever. We usually, but not always, get what we pay for.

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New restrictions start from midnight tonight (Saturday), more could come later

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The Thai government has resolved to ‘manage’ its way out of the current Covid outbreak. There won’t be lockdowns or curfews, but there will be earlier closing times and alcohol bans to help provinces stem the growth in new infections. The past 3 days of reporting new infections in Thailand are the highest numbers since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The bulk of the Songkran holiday traffic will surge back into the capital today and tomorrow, a situation the government is carefully monitoring.

The CCSA have designated 18 red zones. The rest of the country remains an orange zone, although these could be modified as the CCSA deem necessary. Provincial governors are also adding local variations to the restrictions.

The Red Zone provinces are…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

The new restrictions come into force from tonight (Saturday) at midnight and will stay in force for at least 2 weeks. If new infection rates continue to rise over the next few days it’s likely the 2 week circuit breaker will be extended, and more restrictions applied.

All nightlife, entertainment venues, bars and clubs are being shut around the country, for red and orange zones for the 2 weeks. Same with schools, although most schools are already on an extended Songkran break.

There is no curfew but with just about everything being closed from 11pm, and no bars or pubs to go to, it may as well be a curfew.

The Thai PM acknowledged yesterday that the government “had learned from the past how damaging a blanket lockdown could be” for small and large businesses, but that the earlier lockdowns had been successful in containing the outbreak last year.

The PM also noted the government’s success after the so-called 2nd wave which started around the coastal seafood industry markets in Samut Sakhon, saying that they were able to successfully rein in the numbers with targeted restrictions and public health management.

Over the past full week, the PM said, he had been directing the national fight to contain the outbreak and attempts to speed up the vaccination rollout.

The government, knowing full well that Songkran travel would exacerbate the spread of the clusters, allowed the holiday to go ahead and families re-unite for the annual celebration, weighing up the economic cost of another total Songkran travel ban.

Popular holiday and expat locations – including Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya – are taking their own steps in addition to the national government’s announced restrictions.

In Pattaya, the Mayor has announced that the city’s popular post-Songkran events will be cancelled for Sunday and Monday, including the Wan Lai Naklua Festival and Kong Khao ritual. But the kite festival and SME Connext goods expo will continue until they conclude on Monday.

In Chiang Mai, the Governor is advising people to avoid travel to 5 districts – Muang (city area), San Sai, Hang Dong, Saraphi and San Kamphaeng.

In Phuket, the provincial officials have instructed all schools to switch to online classes (the majority of the island’s schools are on break at the moment anyway). Exams can go ahead but with Covid precautions in place.

Acknowledging that tourists are currently on the island, the officials are also doing random checks of hotels around Phuket to make sure staff and guests are adhering to standard Covid precautions.

FULL LIST OF PRECAUTIONS (starting at 1 minute past midnight Sunday, April 18)

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace. These workplace and travel ‘advisories’ will certainly be ramped up if the number of daily cases continue to rise.

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17 medical staff isolated due to dishonest Covid-19 patient

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PHOTO: Samut Prakan Hospital is busy with Covid-19 and now short-staffed.

The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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BREAKING: Covid Provincial restriction update – latest from the CCSA

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The CCSA has announced its updated restrictions for the 18 ‘red zone’ provinces this afternoon. The new measures start on Sunday, April 18, and will be in place for at least 2 weeks. The restrictions are basically as we published earlier today. There are no ‘lockdowns’ or curfews despite a popular blogger jumping the gun and posting that there were curfews announced.

There’s also no specific travel restrictions imposed although the PM ‘discouraged’ travel to Red Zone provinces. Provincial governors are still able to add their own local restrictions if they deem necessary.

Here are the key points as announced by the CCSA late this afternoon…

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace.

The Red Zone provinces are, in no apparent order…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

Earlier today Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said that the government is “confident it can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without needing to impose a nationwide lockdown”.

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