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Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from the approved countries to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November, 2021. (25/10/2021)
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has announced that it will sell antigen test kits (ATK) on its website to help people who live in other provinces to purchase a low-price ATK that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They will sell one box of ATK, which has 20 kits, for 800 baht, and a delivery fee of 52 baht. The public can buy one box per person. Up to 300 boxes of ATK per day are available for online sale and the sale will start at 08.00 hr every day from 20 to 26 October 2021. The GPO will distribute the ATK through its dealers nationwide in the near future. They will supply 2 million ATK in this project in the next phase. Anyone who is interested may visit www.gpoplanet.com. For more information, please contact the GPO call center at 1648. (20/10/2021)
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The Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute has announced that they are opening a new channel for requesting the vaccine certificate for international travel. Those who wish to acquire the "vaccine passport" may register via the Mor Prom application from 18 October onward. After registering in the application, users choose their delivery preference, as follows: self-pickup, postal delivery, or email for a digital copy of the certificate. Payment can be made by cash for self-pickup or by e-payment with internet banking via QR code. According to the data from 19 April to 16 October 2021, there were 31,340 people nationwide who walked in to request the vaccine passport at the organizations designated by the Department of Disease Control. To reduce the congestion and make it easier for the public, the institute now offers an online platform for requesting the vaccine passport. For more information, please contact the DDC hotline at 1422. (20/10/2021)
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Public health agencies are handing out 8.5 million ATKs to groups of people deemed at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, with the NHSO preparing to hand over an additional 300,000 kits to schools in Bangkok in support of their reopening for the new school term. NHSO Secretary-General Jadej Thammatcharee said about 2 million ATKs were being handed out by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the NHSO. Those receiving the handouts were persons who worked in public transportation, market sellers, staff at schools under the jurisdiction of the BMA, and people in certain communities. (19/10/2021)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul today (Oct 18) received the donation of 470,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Republic of Korea in a ceremony, with the Ambassador of South Korea to Thailand Lee Wook-heon representing the South Korean government. (19/10/2021)
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization has launched the project to sell two million good-quality antigen test kits (ATK) that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration; they will be sold at a low price to help the public access the test kits more easily. The ATK will be sold at eight GPO pharmacies in Bangkok for 40 baht per kit. The eight GPO pharmacies are the following: (1) Ratchathewi branch, in front of Ramathibodi Hospital, tel. 0-2203-8847 and 0-2203-8849; (2) Yot-se branch, beside the Huachiew Hospital, tel. 0-2222-5931 and 0-2225-6367; (3) Charan Sanitwong branch, tel. 0-2412-9377; (4) Thewet branch, near the Bank of Thailand, tel. 0-2282-0729; (5) Rangsit branch, near Simummuang Market, tel. 0-2536-3526 and 0-2536-4086; (6) Ministry of Public Health branch, 1st floor, Building No. 2, Department of Medical Services building, tel. 0-2951-0925 and 0-2590-6034; (7) Tropical Diseases Hospital branch, beside the Siam Commercial Bank, tel. 0-2354-9061; (8) Government Complex Commemorating King Rama IX's 80th Birthday Anniversary, tel. 0-2143-8768. They will go on sale from 18 October 2021 onward. For more information, please contact the GPO call center at 1648. (18/10/2021)
The Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EEC) has signed a cooperation agreement with four major technology firms to initiate a digital skill drive among workers, with a target of training 40,000 workers within three years. The four companies include 5G Catalyst Technologies, Cisco Systems (Thailand), Mavenir Systems (Thailand), and Planet Communications Asia. The EEC Secretary-General said the four companies have had success in the United States in the field of digital technology. The firms will collaboratively develop workers digital and 5G-related skills in the EEC area. The collaboration is an extension of an earlier joint effort to implement 5G technology in the municipal area of Ban Chang subdistrict and turning it into a pilot site for a Smart City with a completely overhauled digital infrastructure. This pilot site is expected to possess 160 5G network towers by the end of the year, which will provide complete 5G coverage in Ban Chang. (18/10/2021)
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The Department of Disease Control has urged the public to be aware of their safety when attending funeral ceremonies, as they have a high risk of creating new clusters of COVID-19 infections. So far, it has been reported that, from 21 September to 7 October 2021, there were 838 people infected with the disease from attending funerals. They remind attendees at the ceremony to be vigilant by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, and avoiding having meals with other attendees. (15/10/2021)
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various healthcare index rankings and assessments showing that Thailand is one of the countries with the best healthcare system. For example, according to Johns Hopkins University and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Thailand is ranked 6th in the world and 1st in Asia. In CEOWORLD magazine's Health Care Index, which lists "Countries with the Best Health Care Systems 2021," Thailand ranks 13th on the world list with its overall score on the Health Care Index. In addition, Thailand has shown its readiness to provide medical services, based on five factors: Infrastructure, Professionals, Cost, Medicine Availability, and Government Readiness. This is a sign that Thailand is mobilizing to become a medical hub in 2026, by improving standards and medical tourism. (15/10/2021)
The Department of Medical Sciences has been observing COVID-19 variants in Thailand by running random genetic tests on viruses from 599 examples from around the country. It input the data in the GISAID, a global open-access genomic data of influenza viruses and the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, and has just revealed the results. There are 584 people infected with the Delta variant, or 97.5% of the sample group; 13 people are infected with the Alpha variant, or 2.17%; and the Beta variant has two people infected, or 0.33%. Meanwhile, according to the random test result in Bangkok, with 83 examples, there are 82 people infected with the Delta variant, or 98%; 13 people are infected with the Alpha variant, or 2%; and there is no report of Beta variant infection or any new mutant variant. (14/10/2021)
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The minister of public health has unveiled preliminary criteria for quarantine-free travel that will be applied to tourists from low-risk countries who arrive in Thailand from November 1 onward, saying that the visitors will be able to travel freely after they produce a negative result from an RT-PCR Covid test taken on arrival. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said the public health ministry will respond to the prime ministers announcement of Thailands reopening to tourists from low-risk countries on November 1, and produce measures and mechanisms that will enable the prime ministers policy to be realized. (14/10/2021)
Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul recently revealed that Siam Bioscience has been added to the list of alternative manufacturing sites for AstraZeneca AB, as part of the WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure, or EUL. The WHO EUL webpage will be updated with the new manufacturing site soon. (13/10/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health has revealed that, even though some areas have new clusters, the overall COVID-19 infection rate in Thailand is stable. The situation in some parts of the country has improved and they are preparing to reopen establishments and welcome tourists to generate more income for their communities and drive the economy. The ministry has advised the public to follow these four measures to safely reopen the city for visitors: (1) achieve the vaccination goal; (2) have maximum self-protection (Universal Prevention); (3) test with an antigen test kit; and (4) follow the guidelines for a COVID-free setting. With all of these measures, the ministry has confidence that the COVID-19 situation can be controlled and members of the public can live their lives under the "new normal" style. (12/10/2021)
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Thailand will allow fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk countries, including China, Germany, Singapore, the UK and USA. The list will be expanded from 1 December, and further enhanced to a very extensive list from 1 January. Fully vaccinated foreign visitors from the approved countries will need to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand, after which they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way that any Thai citizen can do, the Prime Minister said. Visitors from countries not on the list, will, of course, still be much welcomed, but with quarantine and other requirements. (12/10/2021)
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues under appropriate health precautions would be allowed from 1 December 2021. (12/10/2021)
The Tourism Association of Koh Samui expects a rise in hotel bookings on the resort island in the fourth quarter, after the United Kingdom removed Thailand from its Red List of countries with a high risk of COVID-19 infections. The UK government removed Thailand and 46 other nations from its Red List of countries deemed to present visitors with the highest risk of COVID-19. The removal takes effect today (11 Oct.), after which travelers arriving in the UK carrying certificates from Thailand for inoculations achieved with any of four brands of COVID-19 vaccines would not be subject to quarantine. (12/10/2021)
Thailands Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during a televised speech on Monday evening that Thailand will lift quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors from low risk countries from November 1 onwards. PM said he had instructed the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Public Health to consider allowing from 1st November international visitors to enter Thailand without any requirement for quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air from low-risk countries. Visitors will need to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test taken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand. (12/10/2021)
The Thailand Pavilion Opens in Spectacular Style at Dubais World Expo 2020. After officially opening the beautiful, flower-adorned doors of the Thailand Pavilion in an elegant ceremony held on 1 October 2021, the vibrant destination has revealed more details about what visitors can expect from our exciting line-up of special events, from now until 31 March 2022. The Thai Pavilion at Dubais World Expo is the biggest and most impressive pavilion in more than 150 years, with an area of over 3,600 sq m, under the theme of Miracle of Smiles. Guests and visitors will be able to enjoy the authentic taste of Thai food, a selection of craft products from Thailand, and contemporary Thai performances under the theme "Thai Iconic. (11/10/2021)
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CEOWORLD magazine's Health Care Index has revealed its list "Countries with the Best Health Care Systems 2021," which ranks 89 countries according to factors that contribute to overall health. Thailand ranks 13th on the world list with an overall score on the Health Care Index of 59.52, making number one among ASEAN countries, followed by Singapore at 24th, Malaysia at 34th, the Philippines at 38th, Indonesia at 52nd, and Vietnam at 66th. TheHealth Care Index is a statistical analysis of the overall quality of five variables in the health care system, including health care infrastructure, health care professionals (doctors, nursing staff, and other health workers) competencies, cost (USD per annum per capita), quality medicine availability, and government readiness. It also takes into consideration other factors, including environmental, access to clean water, sanitation, government readiness to impose penalties on risks such as tobacco use, and obesity. (11/10/2021)
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First Favipiravir Syrup Developed in Thailand -The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University in collaboration with Chulabhorn Royal Academy and some private sectors has successfully developed Thailand 's first favipiravir syrup for children and patients with COVID-19. The medicine won the Prime Minister's Award on Innovation for Crisis from the government agency category at the Startup and Innovation Thailand Expo 2021 (SITE 2021) organized by the National Innovation Agency (NIA). - For pediatric patients who need to use favipiravir syrup, at present the drug has been distributed in many hospitals across the country to enable patients to have access to the syrup form of favipiravir. Registration for medication can be made via https://favipiravir.cra.ac.th without any cost. They can also contact Chulabhorn Hospital directly. - However, patients must be in the care of a doctor because the syrup can cause side effects to some patients. (08/10/2021)

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