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Thailand’s deputy PM and public health minister says the AstraZeneca vaccine is the nation’s first choice for protecting itself against Covid-19. Anutin Charnvirakul says more than 150,000 have received AstraZeneca jabs with only a low percentage having developed side effects.

But the low amount of side effects seen is a different tune to the vaccine’s previous safety concerns as other countries had recently stopped its administration over fears of it being linked to blood clots. Thailand joined Germany and the Netherlands in suspending its use until further clarification was made regarding the vaccine’s link to blood clotting.

The World Health Organisation responded to the concerns by saying the vaccine’s benefits outweighed any risks that could be associated with it. AstraZeneca also responded by saying there is no direct link to blood clots and the vaccine. Thailand currently is waiting for more deliveries of the vaccine, which should arrive in June. China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine is also being used in Thailand, but Anutin says AstraZeneca is Thailand’s number 1 choice.

Recently, the government has approved the reopening of Phuket in July, along with a later, nationwide reopening to international tourists by October. The Phuket “Sandbox” plan, however, is contingent upon achieving a herd immunity, or 70% of the local population, by administering the vaccine. The government has also decreased the quarantine time for tourists entering Thailand, as long as they don’t hail from a country that features a virus variant. For those coming from virus variant featuring countries, the normal mandatory quarantine time of 14 days still applies. Those who are vaccinated, can enter Phuket without undergoing quarantines as long as they have proper documentation.

“We want to make sure that our people are safe, that is our first priority. So once our people are safe, we believe that our guests, namely tourists or any business people, would definitely come to visit our country.”

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    MR de la Secoya

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    So, how, when, and where will vaccinations be available to the population, in general, including expats?

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Good well it is a Swedish/British vaccine, but will the Thais give it to the British and Swedish?
    I doubt it.
    The Thais will SELL it to the British and the Swedish.
    Just wait and see . . .

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    dee lee

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Sure give the Thais that sugar water vaccine none of that expensive Pfizer Moderna or J & J shots ; Thai life so cheap !!!

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    Frank

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    If you have a good insurance they will cover it

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    Amy Sukwan

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    These vaccines are great, as long as you are in a position to make money from them. For the rest I see AstraZenica as my bet for the first scapegoat

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    gordon

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    And why not, it’s only the most dangerous with the worst track record.

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    Richard

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Nope not taking any of them. I will not be the test animal for anyone.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Toby

    Well at least Thailand has some vaccines to distribute not like the backward Cambodia you are camping out in at the moment.

    I have heard that good cheap Cambodian wine works as a vaccine so you should be OK. 🤣

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    Nipral

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Did this incompetent military sort-of-govt have the choice ? As usual they go for the lowest grade alternative. No civilized country made AZ their first choice ! Bribes were probably the most attractive, not the vaccine ! In addition AZ badly needs clients (or victims).

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    quang

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:30 am

    a member of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirms the existence of a “link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and cases of thrombosis in people who have received this product.

    “We can now tell, it is clear that there is a link with the vaccine. What is causing this reaction, however, we do not know yet,” says Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccine strategy at the ‘EMA in the columns of the Italian daily Il Messaggero this Tuesday, reports Le Figaro.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Every time you post you display your stupidity James R.
    Thailand vaccinations .36 of the population.
    Cambodia vaccinations 1.37 of the population.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Toby

    Only 1.37 people vaccinated, that is not very much is it?

    Stupidity, look in the mirror.

    Is you favourite group UB40? “Red red wine……..”

    The UK vaccinations given so far, 32 million

    Even if you meant 1.37% of the population that is still very low, there might have enough people vaccinated in Cambodia in ten years time.

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    Peter Scheer

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:19 am

    Toby Andrews Australia is 3.1 million doses short of the AZ vaccine ordered last year because the European Union has not signed off with the export licence so AZ cannot export. It is the Unions way of keeping for themselves (greedy). They have forgotten what the world did for them in WW1 and 2. Our CSL lab here is now making the vaccine and now rolling out after being proved Ok. So to say Thailand will sell back to the Brit and Swedes is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. At least in thisw article the Thais have disguised them selves by saying the prefer AZ to Sinovac. They dont trust the Chinese

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Ok yes a lot of worry over vaccines but seriously
    Any vaccine is better than none YES?
    AZ Vaccine is used most so more problem show up but on a very tiny % of jabs given
    I admit that the best is P/Moderna but $33 a jab what country can afford this also need s very low temp in transportation not easy to do
    AZ is a choice for Australia and Most Of NZ and Britain so do not nock it they did their homework and a few blood clots from millions of jabs are worth the risk for this safe to handle Vaccine
    Please note that the first Chinese vaccines which Thailand has also ordered in the millions is the only one with a very low-efficiency rating in the 50,s and is really only an emergency vaccine $3, AZ is $4 and up to 90& …while P/Moderna is 95 % yes but hard to store and is $33 a jab … do your own homework on what is best for you and get that one
    I had my first AZ jab no problems

    Good Luck Thailand

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Tim Newton goes through some of the moving goal posts regarding Thailand’s Covid situation RIGHT NOW. Vaccines for expats, what will happen after Songkran, provincial restrictions, new quarantine requirements. Reading the tea leaves and reading between the lines, Tim provides his personal opinions on many issues expats and foreigners in Thailand are worried about at this time.

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PHOTO: Songkran Day at Chiang Mai Wall won't be the same this year.

After a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Chiang Mai health officials decided to cancel Songkran celebrations and implement containment measures. As the virus spreads through Thailand, 281 new infections were just diagnosed on Sunday, reported in Monday’s daily Covid-19 statistics. These infections bring the total for the month of April to 662 people. With this outbreak spreading wider and faster than the first 2 waves of Covid-19, authorities are taking actions to try and limit the spread of new cases in the area, including the difficult decision to cancel some of this week’s scheduled Songkran festival celebrations.

Since the third wave of infections began last week, infection rates are growing and yesterday was the highest number of reported new cases yet. To combat the Covid-19 outbreak, Chiang Mai officials have closed all entertainment venues until April 23, cancelled many of the events planned for Songkran, and toned down the remaining activities. Even the traditional Songkran alms-offering ceremony at Tha Phae Gate had to be called off.

The cancellations due to Covid-19 outbreaks have hurt Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination for Thais and international travellers alike, where Songkran is usually a booming holiday period. Many tourists have already cancelled their trip, and for those who do still come from Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, a 14-day self-quarantine has been ordered, as well as registration through the CM Chana mobile app.

For those already in Chiang Mai who have spent time in entertainment venues, health authorities issued a warning and asked people who attended several venues to get tested for Covid-19. The 10 venues currently identified as high risk are as follows:

DC Chiang Mai
Ground Consol’s Garden
Infinity Club
Living Machine
Phor Jai Bar
Tawan Daeng
Tha Chang Cafe
Too Nice Nimman
Valentine’s Karaoke
Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai

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FILE PHOTO: Mask up! Covid-19 infections could be surging this month.

Without swift and decisive action, Covid-19 infections could surge to 28,000 people per day within the next month . This according to expert warnings and computer predictive modelling. The Department of Disease Control warns that the current spike is more infectious and deadly than the previous 2 waves and extreme action is needed. 967 new infections were reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday, the highest single-day number Thailand has ever seen.

The DDC’s epidemiology division, working with the International Health Policy Program, calculated models to predict the arc of future infection rates if Covid-19 safety measures were not enforced. The model’s worst-case scenario predicted a maximum of 28,678 daily cases.

This is the worst-case scenario, however, as the minimum number of infections could be around 1,300 people. But a reasonable average without safety measures could be about 9000 daily infections, not a great situation for Thailand, a country that had until now done a great job avoiding a heavy wave of Covid-19 infections.

But for the UK variant (B117) newly arriving in Thailand, much like many new tourists arriving before it, Thailand’s hedonistic nightlife scene may be where it all goes wrong. Of Bangkok’s 1,114 infections, 823 of them were traced to entertainment venues. Across Thailand, a total of 140 bars and clubs in 15 provinces have been identified as virus-transmission locations.

Krystal Club in Thong Lor, now infamous amidst a swirl of news of politicians and powerful elite spreading infection there, tops the list of the 85 Bangkok infected clubs, with 211 infections this month. Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pathum Thani, and Chiang Mai all had less than 10 Covid-19 infections linked to nightlife venues. In total, Covid-19 cases linked to nightlife outbreaks have spread to 70 provinces all over Thailand.

As a result, we’re facing a party-free Songkran with 41 provinces closing all entertainment venues for 2 weeks and the 36 other provinces are following stringent screening and mask-wearing, poised to lock down the same if the pandemic comes knocking.

Bangkok intends to ready 10,000 field-hospital beds in preparation for any possible surge of the more infectious B117 strain spreading through Thailand now. The DDC does reassure though that the situation is still manageable if everyone works together and takes swift and strong actions.

The third wave of Covid-19 infections might be contained, but it will take a lot of personal discipline from everyone, and a sacrifice of Songkran’s joyous celebrations, unfortunately.

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