Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Thai health authorities to eliminate duplicate food allowances for COVID-19 patients in isolation

Thailand’s National Health Security Office will reduce the allowance, given to COVID-19 patients in home or community isolation, to 600 baht per day, from 1,000 baht, to eliminate duplication of…

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Demonstrators march in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, during a rally against the COVID-19 health pass needed to access restaurants, long-distance trains and other venues. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Anti-vaccine demonstrates in France for sixth weekend

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of France again on Saturday against the government’s Covid-19 vaccination policies amid concern from rights groups about anti-Semitic sentiment in the…

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20,571 new COVID-19 cases, 23,159 recoveries in Thailand on Saturday

Thailand reported 20,571 new COVID-19 cases and 261 more deaths today (Saturday), while 23,159 more patients have recovered, according to the CCSA. Of the new infections, 20,322 were locally acquired…

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Confiscated methamphetamine machine used for Fah Talai Jone pill production

The Thai Justice ministry has modified a tablet press, confiscated from an illicit drug manufacturing network, to produce Fah Talai Jone (Green Chiretta) tablets, in an effort to alleviate the…

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Thai Doctor given 4th dose with Pfizer vaccine to enter Canada without being quarantined

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) explained today (Friday) why a Thai doctor was given a fourth inoculation, using the Pfizer vaccine, after having received three other vaccine jabs. DDC…

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Thailand crosses the one million COVID-19 infections mark on Friday

Thailand’s total COVID-19 infections since last year have surpassed the one-million mark to reach 1,009,710 cases today (Friday), with 19,851 new cases and 240 more deaths reported, including a seven-month…

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Thai PM urged to review suspension of deal to buy 8.5 million China-made ATKs

Ostland Capital, the firm which won the bidding to supply the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) with 8.5 million rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), worth almost 600 million baht, has asked…

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Bangkok launches home vaccination service for the bed-ridden and vulnerable

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is now offering an in-home vaccination service for bed-ridden patients and other vulnerable people in frail health, who are unable to leave their homes and…

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A man sits in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House amid an extended lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sydney on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Sydney extends lockdown, imposes partial curfew

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney extended its two-month-old lockdown for another month and introduced a partial curfew Friday, as Australia’s largest city struggled to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.  New South Wales…

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Sinovac shot first then AstraZeneca yields better results than 2 shots of Sinovacs

A Mix and Match approach in which a Sinovac vaccine shot is administered as the first jab, followed by AstraZeneca as the second jab yields better results against the Delta…

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This aerial photo shows the Olympic and Paralympic Village ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 19, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

First virus case reported in Paralympic Village

Tokyo (AFP) – A first coronavirus case has been detected in the Paralympic Village, days before the Games open, organisers said Thursday as Japan battles a record wave of infections. The…

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Segregation the answer to contaminated waste, experts say

After a steep decline early this year, coronavirus cases are again on the rise due to the fast-spreading Delta variant. The surge has led to an increased demand for medical…

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Australia to help Thailand with COVID vaccine, as PMs discuss bilateral ties

In response to Thailand’s request, Australia has agreed to provide assistance in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, with details to be worked out later, as leaders of the two countries…

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Thai PM sees signs of pandemic slowing with adherence to current restrictions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Wednesday) that he is seeing signs that the COVID-19 spread in Thailand is slowing and the pandemic may reach its peak soon, if the…

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Elderly woman in Buriram mistakenly given two vaccine jabs in a day

A 70-year-old woman in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram was mistakenly given two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine on the same day at a vaccination centre in the province. Fortunately, she…

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12-18 year-olds in Thailand with 7 diseases urged to get Pfizer vaccine

Thailand’s Department of Health is recommending that those aged from 12 to 18, who are suffering from any of the seven specified underlying diseases, get inoculated with Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine…

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Workers clad in PPE gear wheel a patient with Covid-19 symptoms to be brought to hospital from a village in Pattani on July 19, 2021, as Thailand seeks to contain a surge in coronvirus cases. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Thailand’s daily COVID death toll skyrockets to 312 Wednesday, 2nd day of new high

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll skyrocketed to 312 on Wednesday (August 18th), the first time the number surpassed the 300-mark, as new records have been set for a second straight…

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RDS: The group of doctors fighting COVID – and corruption – in Thailand 

Though its name suggests it has closer links with communities upcountry, the Rural Doctors Society (RDS) is now a hero to Bangkokians after it stepped up to battle the raging…

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Thammasat Uni to procure mRNA, protein subunit vaccines from overseas

Amid a sluggish state COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Thailand’s Thammasat University is ready to procure additional COVID-19 vaccines from abroad, to give members of the public and private and public organizations…

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People jog past a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

New Zealand thrown into lockdown over single suspected Delta case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early”…

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Thai GPO launches 2nd phase of clinical trials of inactivated chimeric vaccine

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) launched the second phase of human trials of its COVIC-19 HXP-GPOVac vaccine candidate on Monday, after the completion of the first-phase trials which show satisfactory…

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A health worker administers a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus CoronaVac vaccine at Bang Sue Central Railway Station in Bangkok on June 22, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Short on vaccines, Thailand seeks to borrow from Bhutan

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand, a regional manufacturer of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus shots, is seeking to borrow 150,000 doses of the same vaccine from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, an official said on Monday, amid a Thai supply shortage….

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Hospital director probed for allegedly giving his wife Pfizer vaccine

The director of Chaloem Phra Kiat Hospital, in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, Dr. Champ Suttisrisin, is under investigation for allegedly administering a Pfizer mRNA vaccine jab to his…

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Does Thailand’s deal for 8.5 million ATKs pass the corruption test?

Thailand’s surging COVID-19 crisis has spawned a series of rumors and scandals, with the latest centered on rapid antigen test kits (ATKs). Initially touted as a tool to control COVID-19,…

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Lockdown restrictions in COVID “dark red” provinces extended to end of August

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to partially ease some lockdown restrictions in the country’s 29 COVID-19 “dark red” provinces by allowing banks and other financial institutions,…

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Human trials of Thailand’s ChulaCov19 mRNA vaccine show promising results

The mRNA vaccine, currently being developed by the Vaccine Research Centre of the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, can stimulate the immune system to produce killer T-cells which can…

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As many as 3,000 Thai minors catching COVID-19 every day

Between 2,000 and 3,000 under 18 year olds are now getting infected with COVID-19 every day, compared to just 366 per week in the first three months of this year,…

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Corruption watchdog asked to investigate Pfizer vaccinations at Bhumibol Hospital

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is being urged to investigate allegedly suspicious inoculations at Bhumibol Hospital, using US-donated Pfizer vaccine intended for medics. Well-known activist Srisuwan Janya, from the Thai…

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Samut Sakhon governor quits after his transfer request was rejected

Samut Sakhon Governor Veerasak Vijitsaengsri decided to quit government service today (Monday) and spend the rest of his life with his family in his hometown in Thailand’s central province of…

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21,882 new COVID-19 cases, 209 more deaths on Sunday in Thailand

Thailand recorded 21,882 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as 21,106 patients recover and are discharged from health facilities. 209 more deaths were reported, according to the CCSA. The number of…

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Three million doses of Sinovac inactivated virus vaccine from China. Credit : The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok Facebook Page

Three million more doses of Sinovac vaccine arrive in Thailand today from China

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok said, in its Facebook post, that another three million doses of Sinovac inactivated virus vaccine, in two batches, arrived in Bangkok today, adding “Chinese and…

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Passengers from Qatar Airways flight from Doha arrive at Thailand’s Phuket International Airport on August 11, 2021, as part of the “Phuket sandbox” scheme for travellers fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus to visit without quarantine. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Phuket extends restrictions for 14 days due to high numbers of new COVID-19 cases

Phuket has extended its restrictions until the end of August, including the sealing off of the island to outsiders, with some exceptions, due to continuing high numbers of new locally…

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Recovered COVID-19 patients must be vaccinated to reduce risk of getting infected again

COVID-19 patients, who have recovered from the disease after completing 14-days of treatment or isolation, may get infected again and, therefore, must be vaccinated, said the director-general of Thailand’s Disease…

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Thailand’s slow procurement of jabs and revival of ‘vaccine diplomacy’

The government’s slow vaccine procurement has left Thailand lagging behind many countries – including its own neighbors – in the global race for COVID-19 jabs, say critics. The economic think…

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Thailand records 22,086 new COVID-19 cases and 217 more deaths on Saturday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue their relentless surge, logging 22,086 new cases in the past 24 hours, including 5,088 cases in Bangkok alone, as 217 more people die, including two…

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Protection for medics or impunity for govt: COVID amnesty bill under spotlight

The government is poised to declare one of its most controversial decrees under emergency law – one that would hand legal immunity to both COVID-19 health workers and those in…

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Pfizer, Moderna seen reaping billions from COVID-19 vaccine booster market

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Drug makers Pfizer Inc, BioNTech and Moderna Inc are expected to reap billions of dollars from COVID–19 booster shots in a market that could rival the $6 billion in annual sales for flu vaccines for years to come, analysts…

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334 die post COVID-19 inoculation, 278 confirmed not linked to vaccine

A total of 334 people have died after they were inoculated against COVID-19, but posthumous tests have confirmed 278 cases were not linked to the vaccines, while the remaining cases…

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Human trials of Thailand’s first COVID protein subunit vaccine to begin in September

The first phase of human trials of a COVID-19 protein subunit vaccine, jointly developed by the Vaccine Research Centre of Chulalongkorn University and Baiya Phytopharm Company, will be launched in…

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Domestic tourism urged to be promoted as backup plan to overseas arrivals

The Thai Hotels Association is urging the government to come up with measures to promote domestic tourism, because it is unsure that the plan, earlier announced by Prime Minister Prayut…

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Thailand consumes nearly a million Favipiravir tablets per day

Nearly one million tablets of the Favipiravir antiviral drug are being consumed per day by COVID-19 patients in Thailand, according to the Public Health Ministry, as new records of infections…

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US authorizes COVID boosters for those with weakened immune systems

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday authorized an extra dose of COVID vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, as the country struggles to thwart the Delta variant. Emergency use…

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Thailand records 22,782 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Bangkok logged 4,854 new COVID-19 infections and 70 more deaths, out of 22,782 new cases and a death toll of 147 recorded nationwide today (Thursday), according to the CCSA. The…

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Thai PM advised to stop the export of AstraZeneca vaccine for use domestically

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should exercise his powers under the National Security Act to force Siam BioScience, the local producer of the AstraZeneca vaccine, to suspend the export of the…

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2,000 pharmacies in Bangkok sign up to help those in home isolation scheme

About 2,000 pharmacies have joined Bangkok’s home isolation program, under which they will provide antigen test kits (ATKs), medication and counselling to asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients and those in…

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Rural Doctor Society asks PM to stop ATK procurement from China’s Lepu Medical Technology

Thailand’s Rural Doctor Society (RDS) is urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) signing a contract with China’s Lepu Medical Technology, for the supply of…

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Over 15,500 in Bangkok tested positive for COVID-19 with Antigen kits last week

15,588 people in Bangkok, tested positive for COVID-19 using Antigen Test Kits (ATK), out of 141,516 (11%) screened between August 4th and 9th, according to the Ministry of Public Health…

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Top doctors want legal protection for Thai medics involved in handling COVID-19

Top medical professionals, representing Thailand’s main medical organizations, urged the government today (Wednesday) to develop ways to protect medical personnel involved in the care of COVID-19 patients from legal exposure…

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Full disclosure demanded over distribution of 1.5m doses of donated Pfizer vaccine

Former Pheu Thai MP Dr. Tossaporn Serirak is demanding full disclosure of the distribution of the 1.5 million doses of Pfizer mRNA vaccine, donated to Thailand by the United States….

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More financial support approved in Thailand’s “Dark Red” provinces

The Thai cabinet, on Tuesday, approved a 33.47 billion baht budget to help about 6.69 million unemployed and freelance workers affected by the government’s partial lockdown restrictions, imposed in the…

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Pfizer vaccine: shot in the arm for Thailand’s medics comes with a dose of controversy

Thais are closely monitoring the distribution of US-donated Pfizer jabs amid widespread concern that so-called VVIPs will snatch the highly effective mRNA vaccine away from its rightful recipients. On Monday, the…

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2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and US$5m have no strings attached, says US envoy to U.N.

“In the interconnected world, none of us is safe until all of us are safe,” said the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in April last year. That sentence has been…

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Delta variant now 95.4% of Bangkok’s new cases, spreads to almost all provinces

The Delta variant now accounts for 95.4% of new COVID-19 infections in Bangkok and has spread to 76 out of Thailand’s 77 provinces, said Director-General of Medical Sciences Department Dr….

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Thailand’s new COVID daily death toll set at 235 on Tuesday

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll record was broken yet again on Tuesday, with 235 fatalities, though daily infections have dropped slightly over the past few days, with 19,843 new cases…

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Thai government to limit legal liability of medics treating COVID-19 patients

The Thai government is to issue a decree to limit the legal exposure of medical personnel in litigation brought by COVID-19 patients or their relatives seeking compensation for loss of…

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4-month-old Myanmar baby among 149 COVID-19 fatalities on Monday

A four-month-old Myanmar baby is among the 149 COVID-19 fatalities reported today 9 (Monday), 26 of whom also died from the virus at home, according to the Centre for COVID-19…

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A volunteer from the Zendai organization checks the blood oxygen levels of a woman in home isolation in a Covid-19 stricken community in Nong Chok district in the outskirts of Bangkok on July 26, 2021, as hospital beds for infected patients remain scarce across the nation. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

With positive antigen test COVID-19 patients can enter home isolation immediately

People who test positive for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test can now be immediately admitted for care under the home isolation program, said CCSA Assistant Spokeswoman Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan…

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Thailand’s Central Administrative Court asked to lift COVID-19 vaccine import restrictions

The Thai Mai Thon (Impatient Thais) political group lodged a petition with the Central Administrative Court today (Monday) asking it to hold an emergency hearing on COVID-19 vaccine procurement restrictions…

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Gadgets that have become vital in the COVID-19 era

Ever since the arrival of COVID-19 early last year, people have been taking precautions to protect themselves. Facemasks and alcohol sanitizing gel have become indispensable parts of our everyday lives….

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Boon Vanasin, Chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group, talks to a journalist during an interview with Reuters at his office in Bangkok, Thailand, July 6, 2021. (Photo by REUTERS/Artorn Pookasook)

Dr Boon Vanasin, the medical tycoon in eye of Thailand’s vaccine storm

Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin looked like a saint and savior to many people when he began fearlessly pushing to procure mRNA vaccines three months ago. But…

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Thailand 37th on world COVID-19 infection ranking

Thailand recorded 19,983 new COVID-19 cases and 138 more deaths today (Sunday), driving accumulated infections, since last year to 756,505 and putting the country 37th on the world ranking in…

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Bangkok governor confident 70% of city’s residents will be inoculated against COVID-19 within August

Bangkok Governor Assawin Kwanmuang said today (Sunday) that he is confident that 70% of the population of the capital will have received at least one dose of vaccine by the…

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Pandemic-era Olympics ‘proved doubters wrong’

Britain’s Olympic chief has told AFP the staging of the Tokyo Games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has proved the doubters wrong while a former IOC executive claims…

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Macao wraps up a three-day COVID-19 testing drive with all 614,000 tested negative

Macao wrapped up a three-day COVID-19 testing drive, with an estimated 614,000 people being tested. So far, no one has tested positive. An expert in Hong Kong, Leung Chi-Chiu, say the…

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Daily COVID-19 death toll soars to new high of 212 on Saturday

The COVID-19 death toll today (Saturday) rose above 200 for the first time since April 1st, logging 212 fatalities, while new infections also set a new high of 21,838, according…

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Health workers prepare doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine to be administered to inmates at Chonburi Central Prison on June 25, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Record 670,834 vaccinations given on August 5th in Thailand

A total of 670,834 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Thailand on Thursday, which is the most given in the country in a single day since February 28th, according…

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A patient receives a nasal spray vaccine for the H1N1 virus in Maryland in 2009. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo by TIM SLOAN / AFP)

Two nasal spray COVID-19 vaccines under development by Thailand’s BIOTEC

Thai virologists, at the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), have been developing two candidate nasal spray vaccines, or vaccine inhalers, which they hope will provide an option…

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Commuters make their way on Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok on July 12, 2021, on the first day of stricter lockdown restrictions to try to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand falls to bottom of Nikkei Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery Index

Thailand has been ranked bottom of a list of over 120 countries on Nikkei Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery Index, with a score of 22.0, tied with Vietnam. Last year, Thailand was…

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Volunteer ‘Super Riders’ take medical supplies to Bangkok’s COVID patients in home isolation

An all-volunteer unit of 60 motorcyclists, known as the “Super Riders”, has been formed by Thailand’s Disease Control Department to distribute medical supplies, such as thermometers, fingertip pulse oximeters, Fah…

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Food supply reduced amid COVID spread at processing plants

Food supplies at markets and supermarkets are reducing amid partial closures and subsequent reduced production capacity at almost 100 food processing plants nationwide, following the spread of COVID-19 among their…

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infection high set for 3rd straight day on Friday as 21,379 logged

Thailand’s COVID-19 daily new infection record has been broken for the third straight day on Friday, with 21,379 cases and 191 deaths reported. The number of people being hospitalised dropped…

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COVID-19 help centre set up for vulnerable children, over 65,000 test positive this year

A COVID-19 help centre for children has been set up jointly by four agencies to help children impacted by the pandemic, both for the infected who do not have access…

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A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo/File Photo

Moderna says its COVID-19 shot 93% effective six months after second dose

(Reuters) – Moderna Inc said on Thursday its COVID–19 shot was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial. That compares favorably to data from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE last…

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Almost 100,000 enter home isolation in Bangkok, 20% infection rate in ATK tests

Almost 100,000 people in Bangkok have entered home isolation, while 20% of the COVID-19 tests conducted in Bangkok, using Antigen Test Kits (ATK), have returned positive results, according to the…

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A GrabFood delivery driver picks up orders of the limited edition K-pop band “BTS Meal” from a McDonald’s branch in Bangkok on July 16, 2021, as dine-in bans continue due to Covid-19 restrictions across the country. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Takeaways in malls allowed only by phone at specified pickup locations

Takeaway food in malls is only allowed at specified pickup locations according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), following confusion and complaints that delivery is the only option…

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Deputy abbot Mahapromphong from Wat Suthi Wararam Buddhist temple administers a rapid Covid-19 coronavirus test to a resident in the Charoen Krung neighbourhood in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Thailand records 2nd straight day of over 20,000 COVID cases, with 20,920 on Thursday

Thailand reported yet another record infection high of 20,920 on Thursday, with 160 more deaths recorded, a second straight day cases surpassed the 20,000 level. Daily new COVID-19 infections surpassed…

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What if everyone’s worst nightmare comes true?

The brightest minds in the United States and England are fearing that the world is facing a really and progressively gloomy future, but they think slightly differently, though. The US…

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WHO calls for moratorium on Covid vaccine booster shots

Geneva (AFP) – The WHO on Wednesday called for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots until at least the end of September to address the drastic inequity in dose distribution…

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Delta now dominant variant in Thailand with 78.2% found in new cases in most parts of country

The readily transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, which was first confirmed in Thailand in mid-May in a Thai mother and her 4-year son arriving from Pakistan, has now spread through 74…

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ASEAN to procure 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX program

At the 54th Asean Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN leaders decided to use a common fund to procure 10 million doses of vaccines under the COVAX program. The Joint Communique stated that…

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In this July 14, 2021, file photo, people wearing face masks wait as caskets with bodies are queued outside a crematorium at the Yay Way cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo, File)

Help Myanmar Fight Pandemic and You Help Yourselves, Expert Tells Asean

Myanmar could turn into the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic unless neighboring countries and international organizations adopt pragmatic strategies to inoculate high-risk groups of people to stop the spread of…

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Bangkok’s Busarakham field hospital opens ICU to treat severe COVID-19 cases

The Busarakham field hospital, which has admitted more than 14,200 COVID-19 patients since its opening in mid-May, opened its first intensive care unit (ICU) today (Wednesday), to treat severe cases…

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Workers in protective gear lower a coffin of a COVID-19 victim for burial at the special section of the Pedurenan cemetery designated to accommodate the surge in deaths during the coronavirus outbreak in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia surpasses 100,000 deaths amid new virus wave

JAKARTA (AP) — Indonesia surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a grim milestone in a country struggling with its worst pandemic wave fueled by the delta variant, amid concerns…

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Thailand’s newly developed Favipiravir syrup to be given to children, elderly from Friday

The new syrup form of Favipiravir antiviral COVID-19 medication, developed by Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Thai research organization Medica Innova, will be available…

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Challenges of online learning mount as schools in many Thai provinces closed

The challenges of online learning persist in Thailand as schools in several provinces are ordered closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerns are especially over kindergarten children, for whom online…

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SEC demands THG clarify claim of Pfizer procurement deal with Defence Ministry

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has demanded that Thonburi Healthcare Group’s (THG) chairman and CEO clarifies a press report that the company is to sign a deal with the…

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Thailand’s COVID cases surpass 20,000-mark Wednesday, as new records set for deaths, hospitalized

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infections reached a new high of 20,200 on Wednesday, with a new daily death toll high of 188. Another new record of 211,076 infected people in…

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Rural doctors help Bangkok authorities with proactive COVID screening

A caravan of 40 teams of rural doctors from across the country have begun their first day of COVID-19 proactive screening in dense communities in Bangkok, using Antigen Test kits,…

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This photo taken on August 3, 2021 shows residents queueing to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China mass testing shows virus cases at six-month high

Beijing (AFP) – China on Wednesday reported its highest daily number of local coronavirus cases in months as mass testing and contact tracing campaigns uncovered a trail of Delta variant infections….

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Vietnam’s home-grown COVID19 vaccine shows positive results in third-phase trials

1,000 volunteers injected with the home-grown vaccine Nanocovax in third-phase trials have developed antibodies against COVID-19, according to a report by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the vaccine producer. The report…

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In this file photo taken on May 19, 2021,women dance in a park in front of the Manhattan skyline as Covid-19 restrictions ease on May 19, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

New York imposes Covid pass as virus returns to China’s Wuhan

New York (AFP) – New York on Tuesday announced the introduction of a de facto vaccine pass for some public spaces, as China’s Wuhan said it would test all 11 million…

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A nurse takes throat swab samples in new round of COVID-19 testing in Nanjing city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The current coronavirus outbreaks in China, while still in the hundreds of cases in total, have spread much more widely than previous ones, reaching multiple provinces and cities including the capital, Beijing. Many of the cases have been identified as the highly contagious delta variant that is driving a resurgence in many countries. (Chinatopix via AP)

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan on Tuesday as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached…

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A woman gets a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a coronavirus testing site in Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea on alert for new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID–19 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday, as the country battles with its…

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More financial help approved for businesses, employees in “Dark Red” provinces

The Thai cabinet, today (Tuesday) approved the allocation of another 30 billion baht to help businesses and employees in the 16 provinces recently added to the COVID-19 “Dark Red” category…

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Health workers prepare doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine to be administered to inmates at Chonburi Central Prison on June 25, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

5 million more Sinopharm doses to arrive this month, inoculation of children considered

Five million more doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Thailand this month, bringing the total to 10 million, with the inoculation of children aged 3-17…

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Elderly Covid-19 coronavirus patient Worapoj Salee waits to be transferred to a hospital in the Charoen Krung neighbourhood in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

18,590 COVID-19 patients recover today, as over 200,000 still in treatment

COVID-19 recoveries in Thailand, today (Tuesday), increased to 18,590, from 13,919 yesterday, as 18,901 new infections were recorded, with Bangkok still topping the list of 10 most-infected provinces, logging 3,566…

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The family (back L) of Malee Manjeen, 79, who passed away earlier in the day due to Covid-19, watch from a distance as monks in personal protective equipment carry her coffin to the crematorium at Wat Chin Wararam Worawihan in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Communicating with and caring for children who lose parents to COVID-19

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially during COVID-19 when many people have lost family members without even getting to say a final “goodbye”. In the news we see…

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10 million vaccine doses to be distributed in Thailand in August

10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca and Sinovac, will be distributed across Thailand in August, with Bangkok receiving 1.25 million, according to the Public Health Ministry. The vaccines…

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Semi-lockdown begins in 16 more provinces, interprovincial bus services suspended

Semi-lockdown measures begin today (Tuesday) in the 16 Thai provinces newly included in the COVID-19 “Dark Red” category. The measures, officially set to last until the end of August, but…

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A textile factory in Pathum Thani. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s manufacturing at risk as workers get infected with COVID

The COVID-19 crisis has continued to aggravate in Thailand with new cases rising at an alarming rate, exceeding over 15,000 a day in the last few days. The impact on businesses and people…

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