Coronavirus Outbreak Update

First COVID Delta+ case found in Thailand, no cause of alarm – DCD

Thailand has recorded its first case of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19, but there is no cause for concern over its severity, drug or vaccine resistance as the disease…

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A box of the Moderna Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Full dose or half dose? Clearing up confusion over Moderna boosters

It is now official: the first batch of Moderna vaccine will land in Thailand by November 5. However, before rushing out to get a jab, you need to know a…

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A student receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narasikalai school in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 15, 2021. Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Bangkok’s administration invites city residents to apply for mixed vaccination

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is inviting Thai citizens aged over 18 who live in the capital to register for COVID-19 vaccinations, with the first jab of Sinovac vaccine and…

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Month-old baby in Chiang Rai among 74 fatalities from COVID-19 today

A one month-old baby is among 74 COVID-19 patients in Thailand who died today (Saturday), as the country recorded 9,742 new infections and 10,182 new recoveries, according to the Centre…

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First batch of 560,000 Moderna vaccine doses to arrive in Thailand by Nov 5th

The first 560,000 doses of Moderna vaccine are expected in Thailand by November 5th, according to Zuellig Pharma (ZP) Therapeutics Company, the supplier and distributer of Moderna vaccine in Thailand….

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Students from the Attarkiyah Islamic school sit to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narathiwat Hospital in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 11, 2021. Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Five southern provinces among Thailand’s top ten for new COVID-19 cases

Five southern provinces are among Thailand’s ten with the highest rates of new COVID-19 infections today (Friday), with Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat being ranked after Bangkok,…

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Thai Rural Doctor Society explains why only 14% of the Lepu ATKs delivered to southern provinces were distributed

Most people in the country’s four southern border provinces, including local hospitals, have rejected the Chinese-made Lepu rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), despite the continuing COVID-19 surge in the region,…

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Thailand to open to 46 COVID-19 low risk countries on November 1st

Thailand has decided to reopen its borders to citizens from 46 COVID-19 low risk countries on November 1st, instead of just the 10 announced previously. The 11pm-3am curfew in Bangkok…

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Indonesia’s international airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia set COVID19 Quarantine set to five days

The Indonesian government has officially cut the quarantine period from eight days to five days, following the Circular of the Covid-19 Task Force Number 20 of 2021 concerning International Travel…

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New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Pipitea Marae vaccination centre in Wellington on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Ross Giblin / POOL / AFP)

New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdown

New Zealand set a 90-percent vaccination target Friday for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant….

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Phuket “sandbox” model adapted for Bangkok’s international airports

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muaeng international airports have adapted Phuket’s “sandbox’ model in the management and processing of arriving foreign tourists. Disembarkation to leaving the airports will take roughly 25…

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500,000 doses of vaccines to be sent to southern Thai provinces as COVID-19 infections surge

An additional half million doses of vaccines will be sent to Thailand’s four southern border provinces, in addition to the 500,000 sent previously, to help contain the spread of COVID-19…

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Three markets in Chiang Mai locked down for three days of disinfection

Chiang Mai’s adjacent Waroros, Ton Lamyai and flower markets have been closed down for three days, starting today (Thursday), for disinfection, while surrounding areas have been placed under maximum watch…

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Thailand sets out seven conditions for foreign arrivals without quarantine

From November 1st, foreign tourists arriving in Thailand, without being required to enter quarantine, must meet seven conditions, according to the Bureau of Risk Communication and Health Behavior Promotion of the…

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Doctor Francesco Tursi (L) along with colleague treat a patient suffering with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Codogno hospital, in Codogno, Italy, February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo

Only very old and sick die of COVID if vaccinated, Italian study shows

MILAN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – People vaccinated against COVID-19 are highly unlikely to die of the disease unless very old and already badly ill before getting it, a study in…

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More field hospitals set up, 22 more villages locked down in Pattani as COVID cases surge

22 more villages in the Sai Buri district of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani have been locked down and more field hospitals set up to cope with the steady…

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Yala tightens travel restrictions, controls at government offices, banks to contain COVID-19

The Yala provincial administration, today (Monday), started tightening up travel restrictions by requiring all travellers entering this southern border province of Thailand to have received at least one dose of…

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Third booster with half dose of Pfizer vaccine as effective as full dose – study

Thailand’s Siriraj Institute of Clinical Research, of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj hospital, is recommending that people who have been inoculated with two AstraZeneca vaccine shots receive a third…

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PM asked to review appointment of army general to take charge of pandemic in south

Bhumjaithai party-list MP Suphachai Jaismut has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to review his order appointing one of his advisors, General Nattaphon Narkphanit, to take charge of a new command…

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Survey – 60% of Thai people believe country not ready to reopen to foreign arrivals

A recent opinion poll shows that 60% of Thai people surveyed do not agree with the November 1st reopening of Thailand to vaccinated foreign travellers without quarantine, saying that the…

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Villages near Phu Tub Berk mountain placed under COVID lockdown until end October

The Phetchabun provincial governor has ordered two villages, next to Thailand’s famous mountain resort of Phu Tub Berk, closed to all outsiders from Monday until end of this month after…

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30 medics at the Maharaj Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat have tested positive for the virus.

Nakhon Si Thammarat quiet after being declared a COVID-19 “dark red” province

The Muang district of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has fallen quiet, with about half of the shops shuttered, light traffic and fewer people in public venues, after…

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Sinopharm and Moderna vaccines available for advance bookings at Chulabhorn Royal Academy

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) is offering advance bookings for Sinopharm and Moderna vaccines to organisations, corporate entities and hospitals for administration to their members, employees the public as booster…

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Travelers queue in a security line limited to every other lane for social distancing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – official

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The White House will announce on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel, a White House official said. Curbs on…

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From Covid to cancer: High hopes for ‘versatile’ mRNA

The coronavirus pandemic has made vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna and the mRNA technology that they use into household names.  These types of jabs are new but researchers have been working for…

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More Moderna, Pfizer vaccines to be procured by Thammasat University, private hospitals

Thammasat University has entered into agreements with two private hospitals to procure seven million doses of Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, to be distributed to a network of private hospitals….

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Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi province. (Photo by EEC)

Tourism, investments expected to take off as Thailand reopens on Nov 1

Business leaders are expecting an influx of foreign tourists and investors when Thailand reopens its doors to the world on November 1. “Reopening Thailand will open up many opportunities,” said…

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Changi Airport in Singapore. (Photo by CNA)

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine from next Tuesday

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers from eight countries like the UK, France, and the US are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine, from next Tuesday. Applications under these new…

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CCSA approves plan to buy 50,000 courses of anti-viral Molnupiravir drug

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday) approved the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to procure 50,000 courses of the anti-viral Molnupiravir drug, made by US pharmaceutical company Merck. …

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Thailand’s night-time curfew shortened as country’s COVID restrictions eased

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced an adjustment to the list of COVID-19 “dark red” provinces, a shortening of the night curfew to 11pm-3am, while convenience stores…

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WHO approves Siam Bioscience’s AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved Siam Bioscience Company Limited, a Thai company, as a qualified production site for AstraZeneca vaccine and added the company to its Emergency Use…

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Relatives stand next to the burning pyre of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during his cremation at a crematorium ground in Srinagar May 25, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

WHO says it may be ‘last chance’ to find COVID origins

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China…

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Travellers from three border provinces to Songkhla face tighter controls

Checkpoints have been set up on main roads linking Thailand’s Songkhla province with Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat for the random screening of people coming from the three southern border provinces,…

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Senior doctor stresses need for measures in parallel with opening Thailand to foreign travellers

Three measures must be in place when reopening Thailand to foreign travellers, scheduled for November 1st, says Professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University…

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Two wet markets in Chiang Mai stay closed for another 11 days after more COVID-19 infections found

The Chiang Mai COVID-19 Situation Command Centre has ordered the Muang Mai and Sor Thor Gao wet markets to remain closed until at least October 22nd after 118 more COVID-19…

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Reopening Thailand decision raises questions over testing capacity

Judging by the online response, Thais remain divided over the decision, announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to allow foreign travellers to enter the country from November 1st, provided they…

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Many doubt Thailand’s readiness in gradual reopening

Opinions vary on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s declaration last night (Monday) about Thailand’s gradual reopening plans with the next phase to start on November 1st, as many are skeptical of…

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No quarantine required for 10 countries starting November 1 as Thailand delays reopening

Thailand will no longer require quarantines for visitors from 10 low-risk countries starting November 1st, as the country is gradually reopening to overseas visitors, a delay from the initial complete…

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Further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to be decided on Thursday

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) will decide on Thursday (October 14th) whether to ease the semi-lockdown restrictions further after the first set of easing has seen decreased infections and…

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Health officials race to curb spread of COVID-19 cluster in Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market

Thai public health officials have been trying to track down 10 people from five different provinces who may have been exposed to COVID-19 during their visits to Muang Mai market…

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AstraZeneca drug cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

AstraZeneca has requested emergency approval from U.S. regulators for its antibody cocktail, the first protective shot other than vaccines against COVID-19, another potential major step in the global fight to…

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A medical staff member prepares a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Bangkok.(Photo by Thai PBS)

New vaccine combo injects hope for Thailand’s battle against COVID-19

If you are hesitant about getting a Sinovac jab to protect yourself against COVID-19, here’s some good news – the government is preparing to offer new free alternatives. The Public…

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People wait for 30 minutes to monitor for possible side effects after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine from a “Mobile Vaccination Unit” set up inside a bus in Bangkok on September 8, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Thai Rural Doctors Society claims COVID-19 infections are rising, not falling

The Rural Doctors Society (RDS) has warned Thai people not to lower their guard, noting that COVID-19 infections in Thailand are not declining, as widely misunderstood. On the contrary, are…

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COVID-19 resurgence in Hua Hin and Chaiyaphum closes market and TAO office 

The Chatchai market, in Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin, has been ordered to close for three days from Monday, after 30 people connected to the market were found to be infected with COVID-19. The mayor of Hua Hin,…

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Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market closed for disinfection after new cluster of COVID-19 infections emerges

Chiang Mai’s largest retail market for fresh food, fruits and vegetables, Muang Mai, remains eerily quiet for a second day today (Sunday) after the provincial communicable disease committee decided to…

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Medics and health volunteers in Sa Kaew province wear school uniforms to convince students to get vaccinated

To allay concerns among students and their parents about undesirable side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, medics and public health volunteers responsible for vaccinating students in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa…

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Thai Health Ministry to conduct random COVID-19 tests on students every two weeks

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will conduct random COVID-19 tests, using rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), on 10-15% of students every two weeks to boost their confidence in vaccination, said…

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UK to remove Thailand from its COVID-19 Red List from Monday

Fully-vaccinated people travelling from Thailand to the UK from Monday will not be required to enter quarantine after Thailand is removed from its COVID-19 Red List at 4am (UK time)…

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Thai health officials hint at reimposition of restrictions in Deep South

Lockdown restrictions will be reintroduced in Thailand’s four southern border provinces of Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, possibly in November or December, if the COVID-19 situation does not improve by…

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Thai netizens fierily debate Pfizer vaccine for students as anti-vaxxers emerge

The Thai hashtag #PfizerForStudents became the top-trending hashtag on Twitter in Thailand for two consecutive days, which resulted in a fiery debate on why some students, dubbed as the Thai…

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A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus for high school students at Prachaniwet Secondary School in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

‘Mix and Match’ of AstraZeneca then Pfizer vaccination proposed

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will seek approval, from the immune enhancement against diseases subcommittee, for the Disease Control Department to use a combined AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine regimen…

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CRA’s AstraZeneca booster jabs to begin Oct 20, Moderna registrations open on Oct 29

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) is accepting registrations for AstraZeneca booster shots for those who have already had two doses of either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines, with jabs scheduled…

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Senior health official visits Deep South to help curb rising COVID infections

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has been ordered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to immediately visit Thailand’s four southern border provinces, where COVID-19 infections are steadily rising, and…

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Thailand to import 200,000 courses of Molnupiravir anti-viral drug from USA

The Ministry of Public Health is to seek approval from the Thai cabinet for the procurement of 200,000 courses of the Molnupiravir oral anti-viral medicine, using money from the Central…

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BTS train station in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Life in Thailand getting back to normal – but only if you are vaccinated

If you haven’t had your COVID-19 jab yet, then your life in Thailand may be very different from those who have already been vaccinated. This is because of new “COVID-Free Setting”…

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Why herd immunity could be an impossible goal for Thailand

With some 56 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far, Thailand has made considerable progress in protecting its population of 70 million. However, Thais should take note that a…

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Hospitals in Nakhon Si Thammarat stop using China’s Lepu ATKs due to high error rate

The provincial health chief of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has ordered all state-run hospitals in the province to stop using the Chinese-made Lepu rapid antigen test kits…

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Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness drops after 6 months, study shows

(Reuters) – The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to…

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People receive masks distributed by Thai commander of the 4th Army Area Lieutenant General Kriangkrai Srirak (2R) in Rangae district, southern province of Narathiwat on September 25, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

COVID infections in 4 southern provinces rising, now 21% of new cases Monday

Thailand’s 5 southernmost provinces, of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, are among those with the highest COVID-19 infection rate today (Monday). The combined cases in the four…

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Registrations for AstraZeneca booster shots for those with 2 Sinovac jabs open Thursday

The COVID-19 vaccination site at Bang Sue Grand station in Bangkok has announced that they will start providing AstraZeneca booster shots, for those who were already vaccinated with two doses…

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Voluntary inoculation of school students with Pfizer vaccine begins in Thailand

Thailand’s mass voluntary Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination campaign, for students aged 12 to 18, began today (Monday October 4th). 3.6 million students in this age group, or 71% of the 5 million…

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Cheap but quality ATKs to be available at GPO stores in Bangkok on Oct 18

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will put two million quality rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) on sale to the public, for home use, at 40 baht per kit at its…

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Top Thai virologist claims herd immunity does not work with COVID-19

“Forget about herd immunity because it will not work with COVID-19.” So says Dr. Yong Poovorawan, chief of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cooperation is the driving force in surviving the pandemic

Volunteers have been playing a crucial role in keeping Thailand’s health system working and have helped save lives, admitted Assistant Secretary-General of National Health Security Office, Dr. Yupadee Sirisinsuk. She…

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This picture taken on September 26, 2021 shows a medical staff member dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) as she waits to conduct swab tests in Phuket, as tourists take advantage of the “Phuket Sandbox” programme for visitors fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus. Dene CHEN / AFP

Infection spike in four of Thailand’s border provinces an issue of concern for CCSA

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over the increasing number of new infections in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, while infections in…

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First batch of Moderna vaccine expected to arrive in Thailand in November

The first lot of the Moderna mRNA vaccine is expected to arrive in Thailand in November, according to a statement issued by ZP Therapeutics Company, a unit of Zuellig Pharma,…

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Lifting of some COVID restrictions takes effect Friday, more people travel

Today (Friday) is the first on which many businesses in Thailand’s 29 COVID-19 “dark red” provinces have seen some restrictions eased, as the situation improves. Among the changes is the…

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Antigen tests kits can now be sold in shops and online

Secretary-General of Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Dr. Paisal Dankhum, says that the Public Health Ministry is now allowing the sale of antigen test kits (ATK) in shops and…

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Life as a last responder in a pandemic

Grief, unpleasant odours and an unsafe working environment– these are just some of the factors that contribute to the unappealing job of an undertaker and will likely discourage anyone from…

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2m doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive today, student vaccinations start next week

Two million doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine arrived in Bangkok this morning from the United States. Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who was at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport…

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Booster with Pfizer after 2 Sinovac jabs generates more antibodies, but immunity drops faster

Antibody levels, generated by two jabs of Sinovac vaccine and a booster shot of AstraZeneca, is relatively lower than two Sinovac jabs and a booster of Pfizer vaccine, but the…

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A tourist enjoys the view of the Hong islands from the infinity pool of a resort on Koh Yao Yai island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

More details of Thailand’s reopening revealed

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration has released more details on Thailand’s gradual reopening to tourists, with its COVID-19 “blue zones”, in which activities, similar to those in “green zone”…

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Talks underway to procure 120 million doses of COVID vaccines for Thailand next year

Thailand is in the process of procuring 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for next year, especially for children aged 3-11, who have not yet been vaccinated, and for booster…

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Quarantine for fully vaccinated to be reduced to 7 days from Oct, 10 provinces to reopen on Nov 1

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided on Monday (September 27th) to extend the nationwide State of Emergency to the end of November, but ease some of the partial…

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Tough test ahead as Thailand mulls reopening schools

The second semester for most Thai students will start on November 1. But whether their classes are held online or onsite will depend on what schools and parents say. “We…

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Thai, US officials to meet in DC to resolve delay over donated Pfizer vaccine to Thailand

Officials of the Thai embassy in Washington DC will meet with their American counterparts this week to facilitate the delivery of an additional million doses of Pfizer mRNA vaccine, being…

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300,000 doses of AZ vaccine donated by Japan arrive in Bangkok on Sunday

The Thai Foreign Ministry has expressed its appreciation to the Japanese government for its donation of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which arrived in Bangkok today (Sunday). September 26th marks…

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13 deaths and 12 cases of severe side effects after 8.2m Sinopharm inoculations

Of about 8.2 million people inoculated with China’s Sinopharm vaccine, 13 have died and 12 others suffered severe side effects, according to the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA). The royal academy,…

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Nearly 1.3m COVID-19 inoculations given in Thailand on Mahidol Day

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has exceeded its target of administering one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Mahidol Day, with a combined total of 1,299,307 first, second and…

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Thai FDA changes rules to make antigen test kits more available and cheaper

Antigen rapid test kits (ATKs) for home use will become more easily available in stores and at more affordable prices after an announcement in the Royal Gazette, expected next week,…

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Chulabhorn hospital seeking pregnant volunteers for research into COVID-19 post-inoculation effects on mothers and babies

Thailand’s Chulabhorn hospital has launched a research project to study the immunity and safety of post COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant women and is seeking for 400 volunteers. To qualify to…

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CCSA operations centre proposes more easing of restrictions in COVID-19 “dark red” provinces

The operations centre of Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed on further easing of lockdown restrictions in “dark red” provinces, including the adjustment of curfew hours and…

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Busarakam field hospital officially closed after last patients discharged

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has announced that the Busarakam field hospital officially closed on September 20th after treating 20,436 COVID-19 patients over the past 130 days, ending a small,…

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WHO backs antibody treatment for high-risk Covid patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday recommended the synthetic antibody treatment Regeneron for Covid-19, but only in patients with specific health profiles.   Persons with non-severe Covid-19 who are…

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A view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

CCSA subcommittee proposes 2-month extension of State of Emergency

A subcommittee of Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved another 2-month extension to the Emergency Decree, which was due to expire at the end of this month,…

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Health minister denies Thailand rejected 1m dose Pfizer vaccine donation offered by US

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has denied a report that Thailand failed to respond to a US government offer to donate an additional one million doses of the Pfizer mRNA…

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PM announces Thailand’s 70% vaccination goal at Global COVID-19 summit

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced three milestones to be achieved to control the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand, as well as cooperation with other countries, during the virtual “Global…

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Khunying Sudarat, US Senator Duckworth meet in Washington DC

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, former strategy chief of Pheu Thai Party and now leader of the Thai Sang Thai Party, has met with Thai born US senator Tammy Duckworth (D) in…

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Sinopharm vaccine for children over 3 under consideration by Thai FDA

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has not yet given approval for the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine to be administered to children as young as three, as it waits for…

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Numbers of severe COVID-19 cases, those requiring ventilators declining

The number of severe COVID-19 cases and those requiring ventilators has fallen in the past three weeks, but small clusters of infections have increased in upcountry provinces, as a result…

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The research team from Chulalongkorn University’s chemistry department collecting sweat samples from vendors in a fresh market as they develop a novel device that detects the Covid-19 coronavirus through specific odors, in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand nears deadline to reopen – but Bangkok needs more time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 120-day deadline to reopen the country is approaching fast – but few provinces are ready to welcome international visitors without quarantine from October 15. Bangkok, the…

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Up to 40 Thai youths found with rare “MIS-C” after recovering from COVID-19

Between 30 and 40 Thai youths, who have recovered from COVID-19 infection, have been found to be suffering from multiple-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, and one might have…

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No decision on State of Emergency yet, CCSA may remain – Deputy Government Spokesperson

There has yet to be a decision on whether to extend Thailand’s nationwide State of Emergency, set to expire on September 30th, or whether the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration…

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Bangkok schools may reopen in November, 1,500 students given Pfizer on Tuesday

Bangkok’s schools may reopen in November, pending the speed of the vaccination rollout in schools, said Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang today (Tuesday), while students with underlying diseases will be the…

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Thailand ranks second in ASEAN for most COVID-19 jabs, sixth for two-dose percentage

Thailand is ranked second to Indonesia among ASEAN member countries for the number of COVID-19 inoculations, with a total of 44,742,049 doses administered by September 20th, but ranks fifth for…

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A fish vendor pushes her cart in the Chinatown area of Bangkok on May 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Bangkok can only reopen with fewer new COVID infections, cases in hospital, 70%+ vaccination

With uncertainties over whether Bangkok will reopen to foreign tourists anytime soon, the city’s Governor has revealed guidelines for reopening safely. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang revealed yesterday (Monday) three key…

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Passengers depart Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday,…

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In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

(AP) – Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key…

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Over 100,000 students aged 10-18 to get Sinopharm jabs from Monday

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) will inoculate 108,319 students aged 10-18 with the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, under its “VACC 2 School” project, between today and mid-October, aiming to help children…

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Senior doctor recommends one mRNA vaccine jab for youths to reduce myocarditis risk

Thailand’s senior virologist has suggested that those aged 12-17 should be given just one mRNA vaccine dose, to reduce the risk of heart muscle inflammation or myocarditis. Dr. Yong Poovorawan,…

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