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Is new COVID-19 variant a cause of concern for Thailand?


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A petrol attendant stands next to a newspaper headline in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


By Thai PBS World’s General Desk


With the holiday season just around the corner, Thai hearts sank when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new COVID-19 mutant “Omicron” a variant of concern.


The fresh virus threat triggered fears of a new pandemic wave that could sweep away New Year festivities and wreck economic recovery.


However, as of press time, not a single case of Omicron had been detected in Thailand. Meanwhile, authorities and vaccine manufacturers around the world have been quick to respond to Omicron’s presence.


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Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/is-new-covid-19-variant-a-cause-of-concern-for-thailand/


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It's a concern for sure if the vaccines don't work as well.  In fact, that may signal 'square one' for Thailand.


But it may be a blessing if it produces milder symptoms. 


Right to be concerned.


(The article suggests a specific vaccine is round the corner- no way.  It may take a week or two to formulate, but then there are trials, approval, and scaling up.)

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