AstraZeneca plans to deliver 11.3 million doses of vaccines to Thailand by the end of July, as part of the overall commitment to delivering 61 million doses to Thailand. As of now, nine million doses of AstraZeneca have already been delivered, and an additional 2.3 million doses will be supplied to the Ministry of Public Health this week. (27/07/2021)

Foreigners aged 75 and above residing in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon can walk in for vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily via Gate 2 of the Central Vaccination Centre Bang Sue Grand Station. Passport or official identification documents will have to be presented. (27/07/2021)

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police to give a respite to the rules, regulations, and ordinances for drivers whose driving licenses have expired. The expired driving license can be shown to authorities until 30 September 2021. For driving licenses that have expired for more than a year from 10 April to 30 September 2021, drivers will be exempted from taking the exam, while those who have expired driving license for more than three years will be exempted from the driving tests. For more information, please contact hotline 1584 or visit the DLT website at www.dlt.go.th. (27/07/2021)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has specified disease control measures for controlling fresh markets to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus. Business operators, vendors, and service users at the markets are urged to comply strictly with the measures. For example, business operators must improve the market's environmental condition, such as having a good ventilation system, clean all the high-touch surfaces frequently, provide handwashing stations with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or disinfectants, control all entrances and exits, and provide screening points; they should also keep a record of vendor and employee registration. (27/07/2021)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stated that Phang Nga and Krabi provinces are preparing the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme scheduled to launch on 1 August 2021 to welcome foreign tourists back after Phuket started its sandbox model on 1 July, while the ‘Samui Plus’ model was officially launched on 15 July. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed that TAT has also planned to propose similar schemes for Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Buri Ram, Bangkok, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan for an October reopening. (23/07/2021)

Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Minister Anek Laothamatas said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved his ministry’s proposal on the tuition cut to relieve people’s burden of educational expenditures amid the COVID-19 crisis. The ministry proposed that public universities give various discounts on parts of tuition and educational service fees. The discount was set at 50% for the fees are not higher than 50,000 baht, 30% for the parts between 50,001 and 100,000 baht and 10% for the parts of the fees at 100,001 baht and over. (23/07/2021)

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization has now produced "Favipiravir" locally, and this week, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has given approval to the product. GPO’s Specialist Nantakarn Suwanpitakkun says that the medicine produced in Thailand will be around half the cost of the imported one. She confirms the Favipiravir produced in Thailand is of the same quality as the imported medicine. There is a production capacity of 2-4 million doses per month. (23/07/2021)

Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched the “Vaccine Jai” campaign in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 related suicides. “Vaccine Jai” is a mental health assessment tool which aims to evaluate risks and provide guidelines for pandemic-related mental health issues, adding that it will be accessible at all times and will have a set of 20 questions, changed monthly, to rejuvenate the mental health of people, especially those in the tourism sector. (22/07/2021)

Thailand’s state-run Transport Company has suspended all bus services on the northern, northeastern, eastern and southern routes, except parcel deliveries, until 2 August. Company president Sanyalak Panwattanalikit said the move is in compliance with the government announcement of 17 July, requiring people to suspend or delay interprovincial travel to help contain the spread of coronavirus. (22/07/2021)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that Phang Nga and Krabi provinces are preparing to welcome foreign tourists back under the "Andaman Sandbox” scheme, which is scheduled to launch on 1 August 2021. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the proposal for the Andaman “sandbox” scheme was submitted to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration for further consideration on 21 July. (22/07/2021)

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