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Thomas J

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  1. That is like saying that Alexander Graham Bell did not invent the telephone because Motorola manufactured the first cell phone. The US military was the groundwork for what became the internet. I notice you omitted the Velcro, Teflon, and GPS
  2. You are If you take away their patent protections, that gives the right for any competitor to manufacturer the vaccine with nothing paid to whoever formulated it. Comrade Surelynot, Since you are against companies profiting from the Covid pandemic, I suggest you co-sponsor legislation calling it the Surelynot altruistic act. It would require companies not to act out of a profit motive but only for the good of mankind. Since you don't think the companies who came up with the vaccines deserve to profit, why stop there? Why should any company profit from the pandemic a
  3. Again, so what. That is what companies do. They invest, take a risk hoping that it pays off. You would not be shedding any tears for them, if Pfizer spent a billion on vaccine research and it failed. Again, you want them to spend the money, take the risk and then if successful take the gain away.
  4. So what if they are making a fortune from it. Amazon is making a fortune and its success is entirely contingent on the internet which was developed by the U.S. military. Does that give the USA the right to confiscate Amazon? NASA invented Teflon and Velcro. Do you then confiscate all the profits made by companies using those? The U.S. government developed the GPS system. So do you take a piece of Garmin, Tom Tom, and of course Google because of Google Maps. I have repeatedly said, IF there was any agreement that the government would pay companies for their research and the agreement
  5. Again, THESE COMPANIES DID EXACTLY THAT. They came up with the vaccine for bringing the world pandemic under control. That is what the government ASKED THEM TO DO If just as in WWII the government wishes to take private property for THE WAR EFFORT it should pay for that taking. I see nothing wrong with mandating that those companies hit production targets and forcing them to subcontract. But, to just say, thanks for the billions you spent and congratulations on coming up with a vaccine but now we are going to just give it away to your competitors is worse than communism. If the gov
  6. As said what gives you and others the idea that somehow because it is deemed to be in the good of the public provides the right to confiscate another property without confiscation escapes me. The current system is actually worse than communism. At least in communism the government owns everything and is responsible for investing its money and if a venture proves unsuccessful takes the loss. Here you have the government pleading with private pharmaceutical companies to use 'THEIR RESOURCES' to come up with a vaccine. Some like Pfizer, Moderna, were successful. Others like Merck were
  7. You should certainly know, you shovel a lot of it. I have no idea why people think that just because "you want it" or need it, it is OK to have the government confiscate it. The major asset of a pharmaceutical company is its patents. The taking of those is no different than a government taking of land to build a school. The landowner is owed compensation for its loss. To think that it is ok for any government to take what belongs to a private individual or company strictly because it wants to is the very essence of communism. That nothing is truly privately owned but it is all the
  8. Sounds like a real communistic thing to do. Ask private enterprise to come to assist and when they respond confiscate the fruits of their labor. What is next, in your mind. Confiscating land to put up windmills because it is in the nations interest in having more wind turbines. How about requiring Tesla to divulge all its secrets to the other car manufacturers because it is deemed important for their "national interest" Now if you are confiscating the Covid vaccine, why stop there. Why not require the pharmaceutical companies to divulge all of their research to their competitors becau
  9. I am residing with my fiance. She is Thai and owns a home in Pattaya. I do have a Thai drivers license and previously obtained the residence certificate for both my drivers license and car purchase. Given it is the government I "assume" that won't be enough to get a pink card.
  10. Thank You I have not heard of that application, but I will give it a try.
  11. You miss the point. Irrespective of how much money the government spent. THEY ASKED THE COMPANIES FOR ASSISTANCE. If it was agreed to in advance that the government would "fund" the research but in return they would have to forfeit their rights to patent protection OK. However that is not my understanding. These are PRIVATE companies. Do you favor confiscating TESLA's secrets and passing them on to competitors because you desire to speed up production and sale of electric vehicles. You say that these companies made money. First off so what. Secondly that ignores the numerous comp
  12. I believe you are correct. That being the case, instead of saying everyone needs to register, they should state that the Nor Prom site is for Thai's only and that registration for foreigners will be required in the future and that a separate app or procedure for foreigners will be announced as soon as it is finalized. The way it is currently released people including myself think well if I am required, there must be some way to do it.
  13. Now just to walk you through this scenario. The USA declared Operation Warp Speed that asked the pharmaceutical companies to expend all necessary amounts at breakneck speed to come up with a vaccine for Covid. They did it. Now they are suppose to "give" the results to competitors. Now the next crisis occurs and again the government implores pharmaceutical companies to come up with a cure a vaccine or a treatment to "save us" What incentive does the company now have to spend hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars to solve the problem, knowing that if they just wait, they will g
  14. You might want to try this. It is a bit cumbersome but it works. I use a computer but I have also used two cell phones. On sites that allow me to translate using google translate I just click on it and it translates the page. For some items particularly those using graphics that won't translate, I use my cell phone and go to Google on my cell phone and click the picture icon next to the search box. One of the options is translate. You point the phone camera to the text or image you want to translate and it will do so. You can either read it as it is being translated or copy it with the
  15. Thank you. Trying to obtain information from hospital personnel or the internet is like grabbing smoke. You can see it, smell it, but can't grab a hold of it.
  16. Thanks Sheryl, As always you are a wealth of information. No, she lived out of the country for over 20 years and has only recently returned. Now, we went yesterday to Bang Lamung hospital which "I believe" is the hospital she would be required to go to. Her home is in Huay Yai close to the Floating Market. She was told no they didn't issue cards. If she required treatment for anything she would have to show up at 8:00 a.m. and register and then the hospital would issue her a card. I found this strange since I traveled to Queen Sirikit hospital as a foreigner to get some information o
  17. I guess I need someone to explain the OP. First, why would foreigners have to register with Mor Prom if they are getting their vaccine from a private hospital. Second, if they do have to register, how do they do it? It asks for your Thai ID. Does that mean every foreigner will need to go to the local Amphur and get a Pink Card? Now if Mor Prom contacts you, does that mean it is the government contacting you for an Astra Zeneca or Sinovac injection, or does it mean you have the opportunity to go to a private hospital to receive the Moderna, Johnson & Johson, or Pfizer vaccine assuming
  18. My fiance is Thai but has never registered for the Thai healthcare program. I have heard about the 30 baht plan but don't know if that is the general plan for everyone or just for a certain group of people. Does she have to register? If so, where does she do it and is there an advantage to doing it versus her just going to one of the hospitals in the event she needs treatment??
  19. That is true and that is probably why you will not see any vaccines in the private hospitals anytime soon. Assuming they were available, I don't see any problem with those who pay getting them. That "may not be fair" however life is not fair. Those willing to pay fly first class while those who don't pony up fly coach. But I am not holding my breath that the private hospitals will be getting any vaccine until such time as the government gets all that it wants first.
  20. I see your point, however if the Thai's are vaccinated first then they won't get the Covid. However, as said, any government should always put itself and its citizens first in terms of policies. I get infuriated when I read back in the USA things like those who entered the country illegally getting free hotels rooms, food, and their children being given private teachers while U.S. citizens have their children's schools closed. I am a guest here. Now, with that said, I see nothing wrong with the private hospitals if they have a supply of the vaccine providing it to Expats for a fee wh
  21. Actually I believe this makes perfect sense. The responsibility of any government is to its citizens first not to those from other countries.
  22. Yes so much better that some people die from not getting the vaccine and of course in the meantime pass it along to others that may get sick and/or die rather than have someone who has a product that people want to use make money for providing it.
  23. LOL No you seem to be confusing the fact that the one thing you can honestly state the measures the government has mandated is doing is flattening the economy.
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