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Expats in Thailand to be given COVID-19 vaccine: CCSA

 

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REUTERS FILE PHOTO Thailand Live Friday 19 Feb 2021

 

Thailand has repeated its commitment to give everyone in the country - including expats and migrant workers - vaccinations against COVID-19.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206637-expats-in-thailand-to-be-given-covid-19-vaccine-ccsa /

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Thai-developed vaccine set to proceed to human trials

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's second domestically developed vaccine will soon undergo human trials, officials said on Thursday, adding that the plan was to produce up to five million doses by the end of the year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206633-chula-to-test-its-covid-19-vaccine-in-volunteers/?tab=comments#comment-16262639

 

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Bangkok’s bars and pubs could soon re-open as more restrictions to be eased nationwide

 

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is set to announce a further easing of the restrictions put in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206641-bangkok’s-bars-and-pubs-could-soon-re-open-as-more-restrictions-to-be-eased-nationwide/

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Thai Tourism Needs to Learn the Lessons of the AIDS Pandemic, Says Leading Industry Historian

 

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Bangkok – As it starts preparing for a recovery in visitor arrivals, the Thai Travel and Tourism industry will need to learn both the short-and long-term lessons of the AIDS pandemic of the 1990s if it wishes to achieve a truly “New Normal” and “Build Back Better.” 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206680-thai-tourism-needs-to-learn-the-lessons-of-the-aids-pandemic-says-leading-industry-historian/

 

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Siam Bioscience was selected by AstraZeneca

 

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Siam Bioscience was chosen by AstraZeneca after a detailed assessment and comparison against other institutions proposed by Thailand, according to the National Vaccine Institute (NVI).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206681-siam-bioscience-was-selected-by-astrazeneca/

 

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Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

By Thai PBS World’s Business Desk

 

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(FILES) In this file photo Registered Nurse Emily Enos loads the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine into a syringe ahead of the distribution of vaccines to seniors above the age of 65 who are experiencing homelessness at the Los Angeles Mission, in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2021, as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

 

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 the tourism industry slowly get back on its feet.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206682-vaccine-passports-inject-new-hope-for-thai-tourism/

 

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PM walks out of parliament chamber in apparent protest at not being listened to

 

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha abruptly cut short his explanation of the southern economic zone project and walked out of the parliament chamber on Thursday afternoon, apparently upset that a group of MPs were not paying attention to him.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206683-pm-walks-out-of-parliament-chamber-in-apparent-protest-at-not-being-listened-to/

 

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Thai food exports seen up 7% this year - business group

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's food exports are expected to rise 7.1% this year, after dropping 4% in 2020, on higher global demand as the coronavirus pandemic eases, a business group said on Thursday, noting a strong baht remained a risk to the outlook.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206684-thai-food-exports-seen-up-7-this-year-business-group/

 

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NASA's astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing

By Steve Gorman

 

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FILE PHOTO: NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, the biggest, heaviest, most advanced vehicle sent to the Red Planet by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is seen on Mars in an undated illustration provided by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NASA's science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206685-nasas-astrobiology-rover-perseverance-makes-historic-mars-landing/

 

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Cryptocurrency Ethereum hits record high, lifted by bitcoin, institutional demand

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

 

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FILE PHOTO: Representation of the Ethereum virtual currency standing on the PC motherboard is seen in this illustration picture, February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization and volume, hit a record high on Thursday, lifted by growing institutional interest in the space, and more than a week after its futures were launched on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206688-cryptocurrency-ethereum-hits-record-high-lifted-by-bitcoin-institutional-demand/

 

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Fauci hopes for return to normal by Christmas, in line with Biden target

 

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FILE PHOTO: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday said that a post-pandemic return to "normal" could come by the end of the year, aligning his forecast with a Christmas target U.S. President Joe Biden set earlier this week.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206689-fauci-hopes-for-return-to-normal-by-christmas-in-line-with-biden-target/

 

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Individual vaccine arrangements undermine fair distribution, WHO head says

 

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FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

 

ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Thursday urged nations producing COVID-19 vaccines not to distribute them unilaterally but to donate them to the global COVAX scheme to ensure fairness.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206687-individual-vaccine-arrangements-undermine-fair-distribution-who-head-says/

 

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UK COVID-19 variant slowing suppression of Irish third wave

 

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FILE PHOTO: A boy plays with his dog on Sandymount strand, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dublin, Ireland February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The near dominance in Ireland of the more infectious COVID-19 variant discovered in Britain has slowed the suppression of a third wave of the disease and may be leading to a plateauing of hospital admissions, health officials said on Thursday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206686-uk-covid-19-variant-slowing-suppression-of-irish-third-wave/

 

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Pattaya: British pensioner taken to hospital after roadside CPR - was crossing the road and collided with motorcycle

 

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A 77 year old British pensioner was rushed to hospital at 12.30 this morning after he crossed the road and was involved in a collision with a Honda motorcycle driven by a Thai man.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206692-pattaya-british-pensioner-taken-to-hospital-after-roadside-cpr-was-crossing-the-road-and-collided-with-motorcycle/

 

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Rich nations stockpiling a billion more COVID-19 shots than needed: report

By Kate Kelland

 

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker prepares an injection with a dose of Astra Zeneca coronavirus vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Rich countries are on course to have over a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines than they need, leaving poorer nations scrambling for leftover supplies as the world seeks to curb the coronavirus pandemic, a report by anti-poverty campaigners found on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206694-rich-nations-stockpiling-a-billion-more-covid-19-shots-than-needed-report/

 

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Education minister facing biggest backlash in no-confidence vote

By Thai PBS World’s Political Desk

 

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Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is expected to gain the fewest approval votes following his censure-debate grilling this week, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs will give him the thumbs-down.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206696-education-minister-facing-biggest-backlash-in-no-confidence-vote/

 

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Chinese man nabbed in Bangkok with war weapons - planned to sell them on Instagram

 

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Thailand's chief of police personally led a raiding party of tech and other police to a room at a Bang - Na Trad condominium yesterday evening.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206699-chinese-man-nabbed-in-bangkok-with-war-weapons-planned-to-sell-them-on-instagram/

 

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Golf Quarantine: First arrivals from Korea and will spend 5,571 baht ++ a day

 

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Forty one South Koreans were seen off at Incheon International Airport yesterday evening by the Seoul TAT station representative Jiranee Phoonnayom.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206700-golf-quarantine-first-arrivals-from-korea-and-will-spend-5571-baht-a-day/

 

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TIMELINE: Foreign man who tested positive for COVI-19 visited popular Hua Hin nightspots

 

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A foreign man who tested positive for COVID-19 visited a number of Hua Hin’s popular bars and nightclubs, health officials revealed late on Thursday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206706-timeline-foreign-man-who-tested-positive-for-covi-19-visited-popular-hua-hin-nightspots/

 

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NESDC Urges Government to Expedite Economic Cooperation

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), has urged the government to expedite economic cooperation to build up the confidence of foreign investors.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206709-nesdc-urges-government-to-expedite-economic-cooperation/

 

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Viral videos! Thai soap opera comes to real life as wife and groom's mum turn up at his wedding!
 
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Sanook Thai caption: "How can he get married - I'm flabbergasted!"
 
Thai social media was in absolute turmoil as a situation perhaps too rich even for the infamously trite Thai soaps played out for real. 
 
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Fourteen day quarantine for tourists set to end - two plans mulled for April 1st start, sources suggest

 

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Sources in the Thai business media have suggested that plans are taking shape for an end to the 14 day quarantine for foreign tourists. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206713-fourteen-day-quarantine-for-tourists-set-to-end-two-plans-mulled-for-april-1st-start-sources-suggest/

 

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DPM Jurin calls claims of graft fabricated

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Minister of Commerce has rejected information presented by the opposition in the no-confidence debate, alleging corruption in the purchase of rubber gloves, as untrue and assured parliament that he is not involved in any graft.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206717-dpm-jurin-calls-claims-of-graft-fabricated/

 

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Amazing Thailand: Gang at Thai Airways accused of creaming off cash in  "money for dead bodies" scam
 
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Troubled airline THAI - for years at the center of corruption allegations - is now back in the news.
 
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Regional Court of Appeal, costing B366mn, opens in Phuket

By The Phuket News

 

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The new Court of Appeal Region 8 building, standing opposite the site of the new Provincial Hall, officially opened yesterday (Feb 18). Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: The new Court of Appeal Region 8 building, costing B366.8 million, was officially opened at its site on Tha Kraeng Rd, on the south side of Phuket Town with a formal ceremony yesterday (Feb 18).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206719-regional-court-of-appeal-costing-b366mn-opens-in-phuket/

 

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Thailand reports 130 new COVID-19 infections, 1 more death

 

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Thailand reported 130 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with most discovered during testing of migrant workers at quarantine facilities and hospitals in Samut Sakhon.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206721-thailand-reports-130-new-covid-19-infections-1-more-death/

 

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Raid halts illegal construction in Phuket national park

The Phuket News

 

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Park officers raided the site, which is being claimed as private land, yesterday (Feb 18). Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: Officers from Sirinath National Park yesterday (Feb 18) moved in to stop construction on a 12-rai site within the park that is being claimed as privately owned.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206722-raid-halts-illegal-construction-in-phuket-national-park/

 

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The government may offer a subsidy for an unlimited travel pass who buy domestic air tickets in advance to help struggling airlines in Thailand

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The government looks to offer a subsidy for an unlimited travel pass to people who buy domestic air tickets in advance to help struggling airlines in Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206725-govt-may-offer-unlimited-travel-pass-to-help-boost-struggling-airlines-in-thailand/

 

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10,000 Thais fall for ludicrous 100 baht for 500,000 get rich quick scheme

 

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Manager reported that officers from the Department of Special Investigation and the Si Satchanalai police in Sukhothai armed with a search warrant went to a house registered under a company name: Rich Gold Intertrade.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206726-10000-thais-fall-for-ludicrous-100-baht-for-500000-get-rich-quick-scheme/

 

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Thailand unveils key anti-human trafficking advancements

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed three key advancements on Thailand’s behalf in the fight against human trafficking, with close cooperation with the United States, prior to the release of the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report in June.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1206729-thailand-unveils-key-anti-human-trafficking-advancements/

 

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