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Thai private hospitals reserve COVID-19 vaccines ahead of approval

By Chayut Setboonsarng



A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker for a COVID-19 test at a market, amid fears of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Two private hospitals in Thailand have ordered millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines ahead of regulatory approval, adding to government orders of vaccines as the Southeast Asian country tackles a second wave of the virus.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202169-thai-private-hospitals-reserve-covid-19-vaccines-ahead-of-approval/


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Struck poor by COVID, Phuket man tries to sell eye on Facebook

By The Phuket News



Mr Taweep Mee Phan who took to Facebook out of desperation offering to sell one of his eyes. Photo: Chalong Municipality


PHUKET:-- A man who has been severely affected by the COVID-19 fallout took to social media in desperation last week offering to sell one of his eyes.


Full storyhttps://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202168-struck-poor-by-covid-phuket-man-tries-to-sell-eye-on-facebook/

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Co-payment scheme planned for low-salaried tourism workers

By The Nation



Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn


Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn said he will meet with Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin this week to seek ways of shielding the hard-hit tourism sector from fresh Covid-19 fallout.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202196-co-payment-scheme-planned-for-low-salaried-tourism-workers/


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Investigate every fatality among those vaccinated against COVID-19 – Dr. Yong




The deaths of people who die after being injected with COVID-19 vaccines are not always related to the vaccines. There is, therefore, a need to determine whether there is any connection between the deaths and the vaccine, according to well-known Thai virologist Dr. Yong Pooworavan.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202197-investigate-every-fatality-among-those-vaccinated-against-covid-19-–-dr-yong/


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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Thailand this week



(Photo by Graeme Robertson / various sources / AFP)


Thailand may get its first emergency shipment of COVID-19 vaccine this week, ahead of schedule, and vaccinations should be able to begin in February, according to Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202198-first-shipment-of-covid-19-vaccine-to-arrive-in-thailand-this-week/


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Bangkok City Hall asked to postpone train fare increase from February 16th



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The Rail Department has asked the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to delay its plan to increase electric train fares on the Green Line, from 65 baht to a maximum of 104 baht effective as of February 16th.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202199-bangkok-city-hall-asked-to-postpone-train-fare-increase-from-february-16th/


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PM Prayut follows COVID-19 situation in Samut Sakhon in video conference




BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed his concerns about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Samut Sakhon province, but remains confident of the government’s ability to handle the situation.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202200-pm-prayut-follows-covid-19-situation-in-samut-sakhon-in-video-conference/


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Digital Minister asserts continued cooperation with contact tracing app developers




BANGKOK (NNT) - The Minister of a Digital Economy and Society has advised that the government and developers of the Mor Chana contact tracing application are still working together, with the system now transferred into the government’s control to better support more users.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202201-digital-minister-asserts-continued-cooperation-with-contact-tracing-app-developers/


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Latest cash handout scheme poised to launch after Cabinet nod on Tuesday

By The Nation



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The Finance Ministry will ask the Cabinet to approve the government’s “RaoChana” (We Win) cash handouts scheme on Tuesday (January 19), to mitigate the impact of the new Covid-19 outbreak, said Kulaya Tantitemit, acting director of the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202202-latest-cash-handout-scheme-poised-to-launch-after-cabinet-nod-on-tuesday/


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Bomb-throwers at Bangkok protest hiding out in Thonburi, say police




Metropolitan Police chief Pakapong Pongpetra


Attackers who threw a bomb at a Sam Yan intersection protest on Saturday have fled to Bangkok’s Thonburi district, the Metropolitan Police Bureau said on Monday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1201954-two-injured-in-explosion-at-pro-democracy-protesters-bangkok-rally-site/?do=findComment&comment=16178834


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Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny calls for street protests after being jailed

By Anton Zverev and Andrew Osborn



A still image taken from video footage shows law enforcement officers speaking with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before leading him away at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Reuters TV


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday urged Russians to take to the streets in protest after a judge remanded him in pre-trial detention for 30 days despite calls from Western countries to free the opposition politician.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202204-kremlin-foe-alexei-navalny-calls-for-street-protests-after-being-jailed/


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Exclusive: Trump lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europe, UK, Brazil - sources

By David Shepardson



FILE PHOTO: Passengers walk through Terminal 1, after further cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York, at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will rescind entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil and much of Europe starting on Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1202208-exclusive-trump-lifting-covid-19-travel-restrictions-on-europe-uk-brazil-sources/



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