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Nine high-risk provinces to receive the first lot of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine

 

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Bangkok and eight other provinces with high incidence of COVID-19 infections will be the first to get inoculated with the first shipment of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China, in an arrangement planned by the Ministry of Public Health Ministry.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207376-nine-high-risk-provinces-to-receive-the-first-lot-of-200000-doses-of-sinovac-vaccine/

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Phuket to receive first delivery of COVID vaccine

By The Phuket News

 

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Dr Chalermpong announced the news earlier today (Feb 14). Screenshot: PR Phuket / Phuket Radio Thailand

 

PHUKET:-- Phuket will receive its first 4,000 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this month, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol has announced.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207399-phuket-to-receive-first-delivery-of-covid-vaccine/

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THAI airways to sell assets to raise more funding

 

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THAI airways is selling its Laksi training center building, in the Bangkhen district of Bangkok, its Nok-Air shares, its Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services (BAFS) shares and Boeing 737- 400 engines, after the bankruptcy court gave the go-ahead to do so.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207407-thai-airways-to-sell-assets-to-raise-more-funding/

 

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Thai government to negotiate with Karens residing in national park

 

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Karens in the upper Banggloy village, in Kaeng Krachan National Park of Phetchaburi province, are proposing that the National park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department allocate 2.4 hectares to each family for farming, after the government has been trying to relocate them to the lower Banggloy village.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207409-thai-government-to-negotiate-with-karens-residing-in-national-park/

 

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PM hails arrival of Sinovac vaccine as a historic day for Thai people

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hailed the arrival in Thailand of the first lot of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China today (Wednesday) as a historic day for the Thai people and expressed his hope that the vaccine issue not be the cause of conflict in Thai society.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207355-thailand receives-its-first-coronavirus-vaccines/?do=findComment&comment=16278099

 

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Criminal Court sentences jail terms to ministers for involvement in PDRC’s 2013 protest

Na-ark Rojanasuvan

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ratchada Criminal Court has handed out jail sentence members of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) whose members also include ministers in the current administration. The defendants were involved in 2013 protests against the then government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207404-former-pdrc-protest-leader-suthep-and-25-others-sentenced-to-prison-terms/?do=findComment&comment=16278114

 

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Faction of Palang Pracharath MPs ready to explain decision to abstain from voting for Bhumjaithai minister

Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - In response to the coalition Bhumjaithai Party’s call for the ruling Pracharath Party to punish some of its MPs for abstaining from voting for Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob of Bhumjaithai in last week’s censure debate, MPs of the Palang Pracharath’s Dao Reuk faction have explained the reason for the abstention, saying they perform their duties sincerely and the issue is not personal. The MPs say they are ready to face the party’s disciplinary committee, and will not resign.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207410-faction-of-palang-pracharath-mps-ready-to-explain-decision-to-abstain-from-voting-for-bhumjaithai-minister/

 

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MNRE launches campaign against farm burn-offs

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - In an effort to reduce forest fires and smog, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has launched a campaign to discourage farm burning, with targets to reduce hotspots by 20% and manage 1,000 tons of combustibles in forest areas.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207411-mnre-launches-campaign-against-farm-burn-offs/

 

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Exports Increase for 2 Months Running

Subhabhong Rarueysong

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s export sector has been in positive territory for two months running, due to global trade recovery, as the economy of many countries has recovered, especially in Asia.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207413-exports-increase-for-2-months-running/

 

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FDA Approves Use of Non-addictive Parts of Cannabis in Food

Subhabhong Rarueysong

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of non-addictive parts of cannabis and hemp plants in food products, under certain conditions.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207414-fda-approves-use-of-non-addictive-parts-of-cannabis-in-food/

 

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Treasury Department backs off Mo Chit Complex expropriation

Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Treasury Department has decided not to pursue the expropriation plan for the development of the much delayed Mo Chit Complex, while the plan to relocate bus operations from the current Northern Bus Terminal may affect only smaller buses to prevent traffic congestion.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207415-treasury-department-backs-off-mo-chit-complex-expropriation/

 

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Transit Flights Are Now Being Allowed

Subhabhong Rarueysong

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Transit flights are now being allowed through Suvarnabhumi airport, but travelers would be confined to a specific area at the airport terminal, and not be allowed to visit shops there.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207416-transit-flights-are-now-being-allowed/

 

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Moderna developing booster shot for new coronavirus variants, increases vaccine production target

By Julie Steenhuysen and Carl O'Donnell

 

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FILE PHOTO: A Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine vial is pictured at St. Mary's Hospital, in Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland, February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

(Reuters) - Moderna Inc said on Wednesday it is working with U.S. government scientists to study an experimental booster shot that targets a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, and has raised its global COVID-19 vaccine production goal for this year by 100 million doses.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207417-moderna-developing-booster-shot-for-new-coronavirus-variants-increases-vaccine-production-target/

 

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Hospitalisation risk 64% higher with UK coronavirus variant: Danish study

 

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish study has found that people infected with a more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain have a higher risk of being hospitalised, the country's Serum Institute said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207418-hospitalisation-risk-64-higher-with-uk-coronavirus-variant-danish-study/

 

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Thai January economy slows after virus outbreak but vaccines a boost

 

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FILE PHOTO: People visit shopping center to celebrate New Year Eve during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's economy slowed in January from the previous month as a recent coronavirus outbreak hit domestic activity but the start of the country's vaccination drive should spur confidence and tourism, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207419-thai-january-economy-slows-after-virus-outbreak-but-vaccines-a-boost/

 

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Mick Jagger narrates tribute film for Royal Albert Hall's 150th year

 

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FILE PHOTO: A cyclist rides past the Royal Albert Hall, which remains closed following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, London, Britain, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Royal Albert Hall launched its 150th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, releasing a short video narrated by rocker Mick Jagger and paying tribute to live performances.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207421-mick-jagger-narrates-tribute-film-for-royal-albert-halls-150th-year/

 

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U.S. patience with Iran on renewing nuclear talks 'not unlimited' - State Department

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States' patience with Iran on returning to discussions over the 2015 nuclear deal is "not unlimited," State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207422-us-patience-with-iran-on-renewing-nuclear-talks-not-unlimited-state-department/

 

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Woods' accident casts shadow over World Golf Championships event

 

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FILE PHOTO: The damaged car of Tiger Woods is towed away after he was involved in a car crash, near Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods' car accident cast a shadow over the World Golf Championships (WGC) event in Bradenton, Florida, on Wednesday, as the players prepared for the tournament.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207423-woods-accident-casts-shadow-over-world-golf-championships-event/

 

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U.S. Supreme Court set to weigh Republican-backed voting restrictions

By Andrew Chung

 

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(Reuters) - Fresh off an election in which former President Donald Trump made false claims of fraud, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to ponder the legality of a restriction on early voting in Arizona that his fellow Republicans argued was needed to combat fraud.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207425-us-supreme-court-set-to-weigh-republican-backed-voting-restrictions/

 

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Thailand says nears vaccine passport, hopes to welcome tourists in third quarter

By Chayut Setboonsarng, Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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FILE PHOTO: A staff member  sits under the arrival flight information board at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities are preparing a plan to ease restrictions for travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus, senior officials said on Wednesday, as the country looks to revive a tourism industry battered by travel curbs.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207430-thailand-says-nears-vaccine-passport-hopes-to-welcome-tourists-in-third-quarter/

 

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Pattaya: Foreigner "mercilessly" attacked with repeated kicks to the face in Walking Street

 

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Siam Chon News reported what they said was a very bad attack on a foreigner that would tarnish the image of Pattaya as it begins its recovery from the pandemic.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207435-pattaya-foreigner-mercilessly-attacked-with-repeated-kicks-to-the-face-in-walking-street/

 

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Here’s where the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines will go in Thailand

 

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Thai media The Bangkok Insight published details of where the first lot of the Chinese made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine would go.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207439-here’s-where-the-first-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines-will-go-in-thailand/

 

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Freeland Hopeful That Thai Authorities Will Close Wildlife Markets

Government Today Pledges To Examine Markets, Consider Closures

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(Bangkok)—Freeland applauds the Thai Ministry of Public Health for their statement today during a public, Facebook Live press conference in Bangkok, in which they referenced a Monday news report supported by Freeland about Chatuchak market and acknowledged that wildlife trade may endanger public health. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1207440-freeland-hopeful-that-thai-authorities-will-close-wildlife-markets/

 

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