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UK to donate 415,000 AstraZeneca doses to Thailand, delivery expected in early August

The United Kingdom will donate 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, which are expected to arrive in the next 1-2 weeks, according to the British Embassy in…

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Khao San Road, a once popular tourist strip in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Virus surge kills chance of early economic recovery for Thailand  

Thailand’s economic recovery looks set to be delayed further, with many research houses revising down their growth forecasts for this year. The economy contracted 6.1 percent last year amid the…

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In this photo taken and released on October 29, 2019 by the Royal Thai Government, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) attends the launching of anti-fake news centre at the Government House in Bangkok. Thailand is set to open its first centre to combat fake news, a minister said October 29, the latest Asian country to push for greater cyber scrutiny in what activists fear is a smokescreen for targeting critics.

Thai media vow to fight until government lifts restrictions on free expression

The National Press Council of Thailand, the News Broadcast Council of Thailand, the Thai Journalists Association, the Online News Providers Association, the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the National Union…

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Study shows AZ+mRNA vaccination regimen is as good as two doses of mRNA

An immunogenicity study, conducted in Germany, shows the mixed use of viral vector and mRNA vaccines induces a significantly high level of anti-spike and neutralizing antibodies, close to the level…

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Call-out culture: Poison or nectar for social activism in Thailand?

Calling people out has become popular among Thai social-media users in recent times, and now they are pressuring local celebrities and stars to take a stance – usually on political…

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Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan forest listed as world natural heritage site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) agreed to list Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan forest complex as a world natural heritage site during its 44th session, held online between July 16th and 31st…

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Walk-in vaccination at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station to end on July 31st

Vaccination services at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok will be provided to people over 18 years of age and those afflicted with any of the seven underlying diseases, who…

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New COVID-19 infections rise to 15,376 with 87 deaths in Thailand on Monday

COVID-19 infections increased by 15,376 today (Monday), as 87 more patients died, including 5 who died at home and posthumously tested positive for the virus, according to CCSA Assistant Spokeswoman…

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A restaurant in a mall in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

CCSA to consider allowing eateries in malls and department stores to provide take-away and delivery services

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will be asked to ease restrictions on eateries in shopping malls and department stores, by allowing them to provide take-away and delivery services….

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A boy walks on a bamboo bridge by his home in a poor community on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

Six months after the February 1st coup, Myanmar remains conflict-ridden as anti-coup protests continue and armed civilian militia proliferate. What is following the political crisis is an economic one, with…

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Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit holds a gold medal during medal ceremony for the women’s 49kg taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Panipak wins taekwondo’s 49kG gold medal for Thailand

On a day of many upsets, Thailand’s taekwondo flyweight queen Panipak Wongpattanakit did not disappoint in the end, winning her first Olympic gold by a hair on Saturday (July 24)…

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14,260 new COVID-19 infections, 119 more deaths in Thailand on Saturday

New COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours (Saturday) dropped slightly to 14,260, from yesterday’s 14,575, while the death toll increased to 119, from 114 on Friday, according to CCSA….

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Thailand Shifts Strategies, Joins COVAX, Strengthens Public Health to Battle Covid-19

With funding from the European Union (EU) and new strategies, Thailand hopes toget infections and mortality rates from the coronavirus down in the next couple of months To this end,…

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2.3 million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be delivered to Thailand next week

AstraZeneca (AZ) Thailand will deliver another batch of 2.3 million doses of its viral vector vaccine to the Ministry of Public Health this coming week and is trying to secure…

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Fireworks illuminates over National Stadium during the opening ceremony of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Amid fireworks, Tokyo’s opening ceremony begins

With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. It began with a single female athlete at the center of…

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Samut Sakhon governor spurns ministerial regulation for patient admission to triage facilities

Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has decided to bypass ministerial red tape to speed up the admission of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients to pre-admission centres, to prevent the…

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13 million AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine doses to be administered in Thailand by end of August

8 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine are being administered through to the end of August 2021, while 15.38 million doses, mainly of the…

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Thailand continues to break COVID record each day, as 14,575 infections logged on Friday

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infection record has been broken each day since last Friday, except for Tuesday July 20th. Today (Friday) sees 14,575 new cases and 114 more deaths, according…

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed. Officials say vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant variant worldwide, though the study reiterated that…

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Thailand’s vaccine director apologises for ‘slow, inadequate’ vaccine rollout, promises to join COVAX

Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute (NVI) Director Nakorn Premsri offered an apology to the public on Wednesday for the slow and insufficient national COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying mutations of the virus…

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Interprovincial travel restrictions for ‘Dark Red’ zone begin Wednesday

Thailand’s Department of Land Transport announced today (Wednesday) that all interprovincial public transport services have been suspended for the 13 provinces under maximum control and restrictions, in accordance with the…

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COVID-hit businesses in 3 new “Dark Red” provinces, employees to get help

The Thai Cabinet today (Tuesday) agreed to extend financial support to certain types of businesses and their employees in Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Ayutthaya provinces, which were recently added to…

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Adoption matters most in crypto trade, with giant techs expected to join the craze – Bitkub.com CEO

Adoption matters most in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, while giant techs “of the caliber of Google, Amazon, and Apple” are expected to diversify their assets into cryptocurrency, said Bitkub.com…

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GSB to help 750,000 financially-troubled debtors with debt moratoria

Thailand’s state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) will help ease financial the burden for more than 750,000 mostly small debtors, through debt a moratorium scheme, said GSB Director Withai Rattanakorn today…

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Contract signed for Thailand’s 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, delivery in Q4 this year

Thailand’s purchase contract for 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been signed, with delivery expected in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Pfizer and BioNTech today (Tuesday)….

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Food delivery rider arrested for trying to set fire to royal portrait

A rider working for a food delivery app was arrested last night (Monday) at his home in Pathum Thani’s Rangsit area, after an alleged attempt to set fire to a…

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Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Laksi top Bangkok’s districts with most infections

Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, and Laksi are Bangkok districts with the highest number of COVID-19 infections since April 2021, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). As…

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Senior Thai lung expert defends Sinovac vaccine against “biased” criticism

Secretary-General of “Action on Smoking” and Health Foundation Professor Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit has come to the defence of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, saying that the negative criticism of the 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. Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP

Delta variant overtakes Alpha strain in Thailand

The rapidly spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 has already overtaken the Alpha variant as the dominant strain in Thailand, with Delta accounting for 62.6% of 3,340 samples examined by the…

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State-run banks to suspend services at branches in 13 ‘Dark Red’ provinces

Branch offices of state-owned banks, which are located in malls or department stores in the 13 “Dark Red” provinces, including Bangkok, will suspend their services, starting tomorrow (Tuesday July 20th)…

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Domestic flights into and out of ‘Dark Red’ zones suspended from Wednesday

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has been instructed by the Transport Ministry to suspend all domestic flights into and out of the 13 provinces declared as “maximum controlled and…

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New record COVID-19 infections each day as Thailand’s cases reach 11,784 on Monday

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 infection rate has risen continuously over the past week, with records being broken each day since Friday July 16th, including today’s (Monday) new high of 11,784. Friday’s…

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50 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine, more Moderna expected to be purchased

50 million more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and an unspecified amount of Moderna vaccine are likely to be purchased by Thailand, to address the continual surge in infections and…

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Protesters end Sunday’s rally in Bangkok, but vow to return

An anti-government protest leader announced an end to the protest near the Government House at about 6.30pm this evening (Sunday) after several hours facing-off against crowd control police, who fired…

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Thai police use water cannons against anti-government protesters

Police have fired water cannons at anti-government protesters, as they tried to break through barricades and razor wire at Pan Fah Bridge, erected to prevent them from reaching Government House….

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Thailand wants to limit export of locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is to go ahead with a temporary restriction on the export of locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine, to ensure sufficient supply for domestic use, in the wake…

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CCSA remaps Dark Red, Red, Orange and Green areas as COVID-19 pandemic situation worsens

As COVID-19 infections increase relentlessly in most of Thailand’s provinces, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has added Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao and Chon Buri provinces to the “maximum controlled and…

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In this picture, a team of researchers at the Biodesign Innovation Centre, Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University.

Mahidol Uni’s COVID antigen test kits with results in 15 mins to be available in August

A rapid antigen test kit for COVID-19, developed by researchers at the Biodesign Innovation Centre,   Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, has been approved by the Thai Food and Drug…

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Health workers administer shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 15, 2021. As many Asian countries battle against a new surge of coronavirus infections, for many their first, the slow-flow of vaccine doses from around the world is finally picking up speed, giving hope that low inoculation rates can increase rapidly and help blunt the effect of the rapidly-spreading delta variant. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai AstraZeneca vaccine production falls short of target, likely delay till May 2022

BANGKOK (AP) — Production of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at a factory in Thailand has fallen short of its target, likely delaying the country’s plan to acquire a total of…

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Thailand cautiously reopens to foreign tourists as the “Samui Plus” project starts Thursday

The “Samui Plus” model kicks off today (July 15th), welcoming fully vaccinated foreign tourists, just two weeks after the initial Phuket “sandbox” tourism project was launched. The first 20 tourists…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

How COVID-19 takes advantage of vaccine race

Human beings having several, competing vaccines may be the last thing they need and the first thing the coronavirus wants. Instead of pooling expertise, manpower and financial resources to create…

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Purchase of 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 approved by NVC

The National Vaccine Committee (NVC) approved today (Wednesday) the procurement of another 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for next year, but withheld its approval of a draft announcement, regarding…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 NHSO home isolation kicks off with over 1,200 medical volunteers

The home isolation scheme, where asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases are asked to stay home, with online care from medics, started today (Wednesday) under the “Warm Community Clinic” banner, with…

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How Thailand rode out COVID waves only to be hit by ‘virus tsunami’ 

The latest wave of COVID-19 in Thailand has dwarfed its predecessors, with daily figures surging to nearly 10,000 new cases and almost 100 deaths. So, how did Thailand get to this point after doing so…

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Probe urged for permit allowing for Ming Dih Chemical to increase production capacity

Thailand’s Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit has been urged, by an environmental advocacy group known as Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH), to investigate why Ming Dih Chemical, whose factory…

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Cluster of 312 reported at Nonthaburi supermarket, as Thailand logs 8,685 new cases Tuesday

Thailand recorded 8,685 new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday), including a new cluster of 312 at a super market in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi province. There were also 56…

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ASEAN should push ahead with special envoys to Myanmar

ASEAN should move forward with its appointment of special envoys to help mediate a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar without having to wait for consent from the…

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Thai construction workers infected by hybrid of Delta and Alpha variants

A construction worker was found to be simultaneously infected by both the Alpha and Delta COVID-19 variants, while six others were infected with a hybrid strain of the two, according…

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AstraZeneca to be 2nd dose after Sinovac 1st dose, booster for medics

On Monday, Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a second dose for people who have already received just their first dose of…

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Calm before a storm?

Three more Phuket “sandbox” tourists found infected with COVID-19

Three more foreign tourists, who arrived on Thailand’s resort island of Phuket under its “sandbox” scheme, have been infected with COVID-19, according to local health authorities. Phuket’s provincial health office…

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Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini raises the European Championship trophy during the presentation after Italy won the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Italy win Euro 2020 final on penalties to wreck England party

Italy wrecked England’s Euro 2020 party at Wembley on Sunday, winning the final on penalties to plunge the host nation into despair and prolong their 55-year wait to win a…

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Phuket tightens controls on arrivals from COVID-19 high-risk provinces

Thailand’s resort island of Phuket has decided to tighten travel restrictions on people arriving from the 10 “maximum controlled and restricted” and the 24 “maximum controlled” zone provinces from Thursday…

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880 medics infected with COVID-19 in the past three months, seven died

880 medical personnel, about 54% of them nurses and assistant nurses, were infected with COVID-19 between April 1st and July 10th, and of these, seven have died, according to Dr….

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Bangkok logs new high of 2,741 COVID-19 cases, 9,539 nationwide on Sunday

COVID-19 infections in Bangkok have risen by 2,741 in the past 24 hours, a new single day high, as Thailand logged 9,539 new cases and 86 more deaths nationally, according…

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Eight police officers injured by roadside bomb in Thailand’s Pattani province

Eight police officers in Pattani were injured last evening when their pickup truck was struck by a roadside bomb, detonated by insurgents hiding in the bushes. The attack occurred Saturday…

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Messi ends trophy drought as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa

Superstar Lionel Messi won his first trophy with his national team as Angel Di Maria’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the Copa America final on…

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“Car mob” protesters rally in Bangkok to demand PM’s removal

The “car mob” protesters, led by political activist Sombat Boonngarm-anong, rallied in different parts of Bangkok this afternoon (Saturday), to put pressure on government coalition parties to dump Prime Minister…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 deaths rise by 91 on Saturday, with 9,326 new infections

The death toll in the past 24 hours from COVID-19 soared to a record high of 91 as Thailand logged 9,326 new infections nationwide today (Saturday), including 3,191 cases in…

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A construction site sits empty in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, June 25, 2021. As Thailand has struggled unsuccessfully to lower the number of new COVID-19 cases and related deaths during its third and worst wave of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Royal Gazette announces new COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday

All the restrictive measures announced by the country’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday, in an attempt to contain the rapid surge in COVID-19 infections in Thailand, have…

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Bus services on all southern routes in Thailand suspended until July 25th

Thailand’s state-run Transport Company has suspended operations on all southern bus routes, from 11pm tonight (Saturday) until July 25th, in line with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) decision…

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Thai study finds 2 doses of Sinovac can’t beat Delta variant, AstraZeneca can

Inoculation with two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine can boost the neutralizing antibody level to 80-90% and provide immunity to the Alpha variant of the COVID-19 virus to some extent,…

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Partial lockdown measures imposed in and around Bangkok from Monday

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) imposed a number of partial lockdown measures on Friday, including a night-time curfew and a ban on gatherings of five people or more…

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PM refuses to take salary for 3 months to help anti-COVID-19 efforts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that he will give up his salary for three months, to help those suffering from COVID-19, while some other ministers then announced that they…

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A medical staff member administers a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus CoronaVac vaccine at a newly-opened vaccine clinic in Central Ladprao shopping mall in Bangkok on May 12, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai Medical Council supports free mRNA vaccination for all Thais

The Thai Medical Council is urging the public and private sectors to procure sufficient effective COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible and to make sure that all Thais have access…

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Thailand among emerging economies most vulnerable to Delta variant – JPMorgan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Economies of  Thailand, the Philippines, Peru, Colombia and South Africa are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 Delta variant within emerging markets, mostly due to…

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Restrictive measures including travel restrictions proposed amid rising COVID-19 deaths

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is proposing to the operations centre of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday), further restrictive measures such as travel restrictions from and…

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5,000 bed field hospital to be set up at Suvarnabhumi Airport

A 5,000 bed field hospital is to be set up in the compound of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is expected to become operational in August. The new facility is…

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Delta variant taking over in Bangkok, spreads to 46 other provinces

The COVID-19 Delta variant has been found in more than half of the samples received recently from Bangkok, and has spread to 46 other provinces across the country, according to…

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Thailand’s failure to procure mRNA vaccines proving costly as contagion spreads

Millions of Thais are closely following developments in the country’s acquisition of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, which are believed to be the most effective against the new coronavirus and its variants….

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Fishermen carry a bucket of their catch from a fishing boat in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Op-Ed: US underrates Thailand’s efforts in TIP Report

Thailand has been quick to respond to the latest US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), saying unequivocally that it is disappointed with the ranking. The report, which was…

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Thailand’s household debt in Q1 2021 is highest in 18 years – Kasikorn Research

Thailand’s household debt in the first quarter of 2021 increased to 14.13 trillion baht, representing 90.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), compared to 89.4% of GDP for the fourth quarter…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2018 shows Myanmar migrant workers preparing a fishing boat in the Thai coastal province of Samut Sakhon. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s drop to Tier 2 Watch List in US’s trafficking report ‘not fair’, says MFA

Thailand’s relegation to Tier 2 Watch List, down from Tier 2 last year, in the US State Department’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report “does not reflect fairly the significant efforts…

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PM urges people in Phuket to work together to ensure success of “sandbox”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, today (Thursday) called on all sectors on the resort island of Phuket to help make the tourism “sandbox” pilot project a success. 249 tourists are scheduled…

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Several Thai provinces welcome COVID-infected natives home for treatment

Due to the critical shortage of hospital beds in and around Bangkok, several provinces have announced their readiness to accept their infected natives, who have been waiting for empty beds…

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Empty tourist boats anchor off Rawai Beach on Phuket, southern Thailand, Monday, June 28, 2021. Thailand’s government has begun the “Phuket Sandbox” scheme to bring the tourists back to Phuket starting July 1. Even though coronavirus numbers are again rising around the rest of Thailand and prompting new lockdown measures, officials say there’s too much at stake not to forge ahead with the plan to reopen the island to fully-vaccinated travelers. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Strict requirements set for visitors ahead of Phuket “Sandbox” reopening on July 1

The Thai government has finalised requirements for the entry of fully vaccinated foreign tourists and Thai returnees, without entering quarantine, through the Phuket “sandbox” project, which starts tomorrow (Thursday). According…

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Agreement signed for donation of 1.05m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by Japan to Thailand

An agreement was signed, between the Thai and Japanese governments today (Tuesday), for the donation by Japan of 1.05 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with the delivery to Thailand…

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Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in and around Bangkok to enter ‘Home Isolation’

Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon will enter a “Home Isolation” program, under remote supervision by medical personnel, according to Thailand’s…

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Construction site in Bangkok

First Beta variant case, four more clusters with over 500 infections found in Bangkok

The first case of a Beta (South African) variant COVID-19 infection and four more COVID-19 clusters, with over 500 infections, have been found in Bangkok, according to the government. Dr….

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Bangkok announces partial lockdown from Monday

In line with the decision of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), regarding measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) issued an announcement today…

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Partial lockdown in and around Bangkok and southern provinces of Thailand from Monday

The Royal Gazette website published the CCSA’s new COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, which will be enforced in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala…

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Two protest groups rally to demand Thai PM’s resignation

Two groups of protesters gathered, as they said they would, near Government House in Bangkok late Saturday afternoon, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Led by Mr….

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Will booster jab offer better protection against variants?

Although only about 10 percent of Thailand’s adult population has had a COVID-19 jab so far, moves to find “booster” doses are already underway. Only two brands of vaccine are…

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File photo / An empty street in Bangkok on April 3, 2020, ahead of a nationwide night curfew / AFP

PM unsure 7-day lockdown of Bangkok will stop spread of COVID-19

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha remains non-committal on the proposal to lockdown Bangkok for seven days, to contain the ongoing spread of COVID-19, saying that he has to consider the…

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Vaccinations using China’s Sinopharm begin in Thailand on Friday

Vaccinations, using China’s Sinopharm vaccine procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), began in Thailand today (Friday), starting with 6,400 elderly people, those with disabilities and the underprivileged, who could…

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Medical investigators say 42 post-inoculation fatalities not linked to COVID-19 vaccines

Investigations by medical specialists into the deaths of 103 people, who died after they had been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines, have concluded that 42 were not linked to the vaccines,…

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Thai protest groups vow to rally again on Saturday to demand the removal of PM

Two anti-government protest groups have vowed to resume their rally at Government House in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday), after they ended their protest on Thursday night. Mr. Nititorn Lumlua, a core…

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Pro-democracy activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak (2nd R) speaks as Student Union of Thailand spokesperson Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul (L), Panupong “Mike” Jadnok (2nd L) and Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa make the three-finger salute during an anti-government demonstration outside parliament as they commemorate the anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution in Bangkok on June 24, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai protesters rally for first time in months despite worst COVID-19 outbreak yet

Hundreds of Thais returned to the streets of Bangkok for the first time in months today (Thursday) to demand political change. The protests are the first since the second wave…

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Protest leaders at Democracy Monument in Bangkok

Police to charge protest leaders for breaching state of emergency

Police are collecting evidence on anti-establishment protest leaders, who organised a rally at the Democracy Monument at 4.30am this morning, for breaching the emergency decree’s ban on gatherings of more…

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Shootings at 7-11 in Bangkok and Pathum Thani field hospital, 2 dead

At 3am this morning (Thursday), a man went on a shooting spree at the field hospital at the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Abuse Treatment in Pathum Thani, which…

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Anti-establishment protesters commemorate change to constitutional monarchy on Thursday

Thai anti-establishment protesters, including “Ratsadon” and affiliated groups, gathered at the Democracy Monument early on Thursday, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the bloodless revolution, which transformed Thailand into a…

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Associate Professor Dr. Nitipana Chierakul, chief of the respiratory disease and tuberculosis division

Prominent doctor suggests one week lockdown of Bangkok to curb COVID-19 spread

A prominent doctor has suggested a seven-day lockdown of Bangkok, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the number of new infections is increasing. Describing the situation as “desperate, without…

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Thailand records new daily COVID-19 death toll high of 51 on Wednesday, 3,174 more cases logged

Thailand has recorded a new daily COVID-19 death toll high of 51 today (Wednesday), as 3,174 new cases logged and new clusters emerge in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum…

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Reopening of Phuket and Surat Thani to foreign tourists confirmed for July

Thailand’s cabinet has confirmed that Phuket will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists on July 1st, under the “Phuket Sandbox” project, as planned. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, in…

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13 charter change bills enter Parliament battle zone. Will any survive? 

Parliament is scheduled to deliberate 13 charter amendment bills this week, but only a few are expected to make it through to the national assembly, a third of which is…

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A protester uses a fire extinguisher as others holding homemade shields run during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution for arms embargo on Myanmar

Thailand was among 36 countries which abstained from voting on the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution calling for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar, urging the military…

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Patong beach, Phuket (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai PM urges all to do their utmost to make reopening of Thailand possible in October

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reiterated his intention to open Thailand fully to foreign visitors in the next 120 days, or within October, and is urging everyone to do their…

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First million doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Thailand today

The first one million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), have arrived in Bangkok today (Sunday) from Beijing, China, said CRA Secretary-General Dr. Nithi Mahanonda…

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early. Palang Pracharath Party rejigged its…

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Opposition dealt a blow as Thai parliament’s legal advisory committee rejects key draft charter amendment

The attempt by Thailand’s opposition parties to craft a new Constitution, through the establishment of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), has been dealt a setback, after parliament’s legal advisory committee…

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Million more doses of AstraZeneca delivered, 2 million more Sinovac doses due next week

One million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to Thailand’s Public Health Ministry today (Friday), which will be distributed across Thailand later today or tomorrow, according to Public Health…

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