No COVID-19 South African C.1.2 variant in Thailand…yet

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has not yet found a single case of the South African C.1.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country. Director of the Emergency Health Hazard and Disease…

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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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Photo: Disease Control Department

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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Higher, faster, deadlier: Third wave of COVID triggers growing fear in Thailand    

A grim warning has been issued by a leading medical expert as Thailand grapples with its third and worst wave of COVID-19: expect a double-digit death toll to become regular…

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When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the contagious virus. In fact, even simple cold…

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Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department

Thai government to procure two million Favipiravir anti-viral tablets

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has recently entered into contract negotiations to procure one million tablets of Favipiravir, and anti-viral drug used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and is…

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A health worker administers the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, to a man from an at-risk group at a makeshift clinic in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s sluggish vaccine rollout no match for super-contagious COVID strain     

Thailand is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination drive following an unprecedented surge in infections since April 5, with Thursday (April 15) bringing a record 24-hour high of 1,535 new cases….

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Targeted controls to be introduced as daily new COVID-19 infections pass 1,000

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to develop tighter controls, including targeted lockdowns, in provinces classified as Red zones, as daily COVID-19 infections surge to a new high…

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Sophon Iamsirsithavorn, DCD deputy director-general

DCD says COVID-19 infection rise will ease in a month if prevention is strictly enforced

New COVID infections are expected to fall to an average around 440 cases per day a month from now, but only if all the preventive measures, introduced by the Disease…

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(Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which could exempt inoculated tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, might help…

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A nurse fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, on January 21, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A guide to Thailand’s largest ever vaccination programme

Prioritising both safety and speed as it faces a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand is poised to launch its largest ever inoculation programme when the first batch of AstraZeneca…

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This photo illustration shows the Thai ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone in Bangkok on January 7, 2021, after Thai health officials encouraged people to use the tracking app to help curb the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Row over contact-tracing app threatens to blow hole in Thailand’s COVID defence

Thailand’s much-touted contact-tracing app, MorChana, risks losing its “national hero” status as questions emerge about its efficacy and transparency. Last Friday (Jan 15), the MorChana Volunteer Team abruptly announced the…

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Thais returning from high-risk areas to face legal action if they don’t self-quarantine

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has issued a stern warning, to all Thais returning from high-risk areas, that failure to observe the 14-day self-quarantine requirement will result in legal action…

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