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Top epidemiologist warns that vaccination is not a cue to re-open borders

Maya Taylor



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A specialist in infectious diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says the arrival of vaccines does not mean it’s safe to re-open to foreign visitors. Thira Woratanarat says opening the borders too soon will only put Thailand in more danger, pointing to a lack of data on the efficacy of vaccines against transmission.

Thira adds that asymptomatic carriers could still spread the virus and that the arrival of vaccines could cause people to lower their guard. According to a Nation Thailand report, the medic insists that more studies are needed into asymptomatic cases as there is not yet enough information.

“Things are no safe yet, so people should strictly adhere to preventive measures and monitor their health. See the doctor immediately if you have any symptoms.”

Thira has routinely erred on the side of caution when discussing Thailand’s approach to managing the pandemic. He has regularly spoken out against lifting or reducing the mandatory quarantine period, opposed re-opening the borders, and called for a 4-week national lockdown as recently as last month.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Gloom n Doom… many people have died from Covid in Thailand…?? So you have devastated your economy now. What next..?? People need to work, so they can buy food and take care of their families. Or else people will starve to death. Food shortages will appear globally soon. This Dr. Dorky with the pudgy face is eating lots of cakes and pudding. He is out of touch. COMPLETELY.

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    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Who is that guy ? Utterly unknown in the scientific world….

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    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 4:28 am

    To be fair, what else would we expect him to say. It’s his job to be overly cautious and protective. Just as it’s not his job to worry much about the economic and even social implications of his proclamations and suggestions. The very fact that last month he wanted to lock down the entire country for 4 weeks says everything there is to know about him.

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    Rose Jefferies

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    If you are looking for “common sense”, DO NOT ask a Thai person!!! COMMON SENSE is a phrase which is totally alien to them.
    Just look at their behaviour behind the wheel or handlebars of a motor vehicle… it beggars belief! The pedal in the middle’s called a brake and the light at the top of traffic lights is RED! Both work together in order for you to STOP!! Which bit of that is Sooooooooo complicated that you Thai people don’t comprehend?

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