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A budget of 210 billion baht of stimulus handouts to help financially-affected people from the Covid-19 outbreak, has been confirmed and ready to be distributed to 31 million people. Each applicant in the project will get 7,000 over 2 months, but not in cash. They will only get money transferred via the “Pao Tang” app once subscribing to the website “เราชนะ.com”, an app ‘e-wallet’.

Registration is scheduled for January 29 to February 12. Applicants will be screened for their annual income and how much they have in their bank accounts. Those with an annual income exceeding 300,000 baht and with savings of more than 500,000 baht as of December 31 last year will not qualify, according to Deputy PM Supattanapong Punmeechaow. People under the social security scheme, government officials, and state enterprise employees are not eligible for this campaign. Neither are foreigners.

The subsidy covers people’s food, drink, and essential items. They can also pay for public transport service providers who register in the project including motorcycle taxis, taxis, and passenger vans. The amount of money can be topped up each week if not spent, and there is no limit of how much to spend per day.

However, comments and responses are raised among the netizens who say “they prefer cash”. Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith says, “Financial relief is not being given in a form of cash. The money will be disbursed in phases to stimulate steady spending on essential goods. We want to inject cash into small businesses like the co-payment scheme.”

Also, questions have been raised for some people who can’t afford smartphones to get access to the app. Replying to this concern, he said… “The government will see what it can do to help them buy cheap phones”.

According to the Finance Minister, the government has approved several campaigns to help relieve people’s cost of living, including the “Let’s Go Halves” co-payment scheme that starts today as well as discounts on household electricity and water.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Peter

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Peanuts.
    UK furlough gives 80% of earnings. One of the most generous schemes in the world.
    4 million vaccinated and counting. 200,000 plus per day.
    Thailand = zilch. Zero. Nothing.

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      Kim

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      And what’s your point?

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, “peanuts”. The UK has a natinal debt amounting to 85% of GDP and climbing, rapidly, while Thailand has a far more manageable debt of 50%.

    … and FWIW the UK has not vaccinated “4 million”, but only 450,000 since it’s a two does vaccine. While 4 million have had the first dose, the whole plan to postpone the second vaccination against medical advice and the advice of the manufacturers is now being called into doubt.

    The plan was based on a government estimate that the first dose would be “89% effective” ten days after the first dose, and a guess that that level of protection would last for at least 3 months.

    Pfizer, the manufacturers who should be expected to know, put the efficacy at only 52%, not 89, with the second dose needed after three weeks, not three months.

    All the data from Israel, though, where a quarter of the population has been vaccinated and there has been a detailed study of 200,000 vaccinated which they compared to a control group also of 200,000 shows very clearly that even Pfizer’s figure of 52% was wrong, and the UK’s estimate of 89% was very badly wrong and the guess was even worse.

    Instead of the estimated “89% effective” after 14 days, the Israel study of 200,000 shows conclusively that it’s not 89%, not 52%, but only 33%.

    The UK, sadly, has the worst death rate in the world, having recently overtaken even the USA.

    Holding up the UK as an example of how to deal with Covid-19 is absurd beyond belief as by any measure (death rate, hospitalization, social, economic, etc) the UK has been consistently among the worst in the world – not only because of the incompetence of the government but because of the behaviour of far too many of the populace – far from all and far from a majority, but sadly far too many and far, far too many of those who should be setting an example.

    That isn’t knocking the UK, it’s simply being honest.

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      RA

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      Mexico has a death rate of 8.6% of the persons infected.

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      Gosport

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      The low efficacy rate and deaths of Norway shows Corporate wants to benefit for a long time. Also shows DNA altered jab is not as good as traditional one.

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      Toby Andrews

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      I am not going to dispute all the points you have written, It would take too much time to find the figures.
      But here is an easy one.
      You state Thailand and has a debt to GDP of 50 percent.
      Britain has a debt to GDP of 85 percent.
      Well calculate this, Thailand has 69 million of population, Britain has less at 67 million.
      However Britain has a GDP of 2.83 trillion, and Thailand has a GDP of 505 billion, so which country owes more in real terms?
      A trillion is a 1000 billion.

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        Rasputin

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:58 pm

        I was going to make a similar post myself, but you beat me to it, likewise I initially think many of the stats quoted by IJ are being significantly misrepresented but I have better things to do with my time than to research them all. BUT there is one point I completely agree with, the UK populations behaviour leaves a lot to be desired, especially the younger groups. I can’t see a way around this apart from deploying the military to enforce guidelines. However this would be totally unthinkable, and would never be tolerated in the UK outside of a wartime situation. IMO of course.

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      Crispy

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      Better to give a 50-50 chance to 12 million people in 12 weeks, than a 90% chance to six million and leave six million to take their chances unprotected.

      Rome wasn’t built in a day.

      The British way is to get stuck in there and give it a go, learn as they go, sometimes they will burn through the seat of their pants, better a kick in the ar$e for doing something, than a kick for doing nothing.

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    Siso

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Germany have a extended lockdown and even are going so far to put people that won’t comply with a mandatory quarantine order in refugee or detention centers under the emergency law already accepted in august and extended in November.. Netherlands has a extended lockdown nationwide and putting a curfew in place from 08:30 till 04:30 while the last small and bigger businesses are completely destroyed by now. Vaccine manufacturers bending data and just have put forward false data and ton of people putting videos online of there beloved one completely fucked with side effected due to the high level of metals apparently inside the vaccine ( Pfizer ) this is going to be another year of lockdowns and hell

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      Manu

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      Well Siso, 2021 is not going to be “hell” for at least an handful of human beings on this planet. The estimated revenues from the vaccines for Pfizer alone for 2021 are 19 billion dollars. Champagne, private jets and deserted islands for these guys. For the rest of us: misery and bye bye freedom.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:43 pm

        Mine’s a total layman’s view, but based on the results currently available Pfizer’s is the least effective vaccine approved so far, the most expensive, by far the most difficult logistically, but the best seller because governments are desperate to hide just how badly they stuffed up.

        The UK’s still maintaining it’s 89% effective after one dose because they don’t have a Plan B, Pfizer have said it’s only 52 % effective, but Israel have tested it for real, on 200,000 people, and concluded categorically that it’s only 33% effective after one dose.

        … What’s to add?

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    Ben

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    All countries should do as much as possible to help their affected citizens. Those rendered unemployed and small businesses affected by lockdowns and lack of tourism. The richer countries are doing more for their citizens so far but all could do more.

    I’m not sure how we got on the subject of Pfizer vaccine and one dose. I’m getting this vaccine in about a weeks time and understand it’s 95% effective when receiving 2 doses three weeks apart. If you do become ill from COVID, after being vaccinated, it’s less severe. Works for me. In the past year I’ve been vaccinated for the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and whooping cough/tetanus booster.

    The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine does not alter your DNA and I’m not buying into this anti-vaxxer disinformation. 29 people over 75 years of age dead in Norway and a 56 year old doctor who died of a stroke in Florida due to the vaccine? Show me the proof? There is none. Compared to 400,000 dead in the USA and counting from COVID-19. I’ll take my chances with the vaccine and will be sipping drinks on a Thai beach sometime in 2021.

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    Roger

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:24 am

    OMG you guys talk a load of dribble

    From the comments, I think most of you are from UK
    In Australia, we call you WINGING POMMS

    This post was to be about a stimulus package to the people of Thailand
    Which is not cash ….which only to ones with phones and apps can get anyway
    all the poor peasants do not have phones millions will not get this package anyway
    even if it was a genuine package …which it is not …purely a scam the Gove want to show they are giving to the poor …when all they are doing is keeping the coppers close in the Gov pockets
    Good Luck Thailand

    Only time will tell about vaccines … We survived the BLACK PLAGUE
    Some of us will survive this Corvid thing… Some countries are trying hard to make it work
    sadly Thailand is way at the bottom of the list!!!

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