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  • Frenchman Faces Deportation For Making Fun Of The Junta On Facebook
    A 49-year-old Frenchman known for making fun of the Thai junta said on Saturday he was denied re-entry when he landed in Phuket and faces deportation. Yan Marchal, who posted a video mocking the now-dissolved National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in 2019, returned to Phuket from France. He was told by immigration officials...

    A 49-year-old Frenchman known for making fun of the Thai junta said on Saturday he was denied re-entry when he landed in Phuket and faces deportation.

    Yan Marchal, who posted a video mocking the now-dissolved National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in 2019, returned to Phuket from France. He was told by immigration officials that he was prohibited from entering because he was deemed a threat to national security.

    He said he was also served a legal notice saying his behaviour indicated he was a possible danger to the public.

    According to the legal notice, Mr Marchal will be expelled in accordance with the Immigration Act though he can lodge an appeal within 48 hours.

    Mr Marchal said he intended to appeal the ban. However, he said he could not contact the French embassy for advice.

    Pol Maj Gen Achayon Kraithong, deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said on Saturday that the Frenchman is on the blacklist of several agencies and immigration officials decide to not grant him entry.

    He said Mr Marchal was flown from Phuket to Suvarnabhumi for the deportation process.

    Mr Marchal, who has lived in Thailand for 18 years, was quoted as saying that Thailand is his home and that he has a Thai wife, two children and a business here. He was also quoted as saying that the re-entry ban was likely linked to his social media posts involving Thai politics.

    The Frenchman shot to fame when he posted a brief clip ridiculing an NCPO song in 2019. The video had over 1 million views overnight before police asked him to take it down.

    Mr Marchal is known to share his political views on Facebook and he has recently turned to TikTok to make fun of politics and already gained a solid following of 600,000.

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  • Travel Ban On 8 Countries Tied To New Variant
    Thailand will ban travellers from eight southern African countries where a new COVID-19 strain was found. No cases of the new variant have been detected in Thailand so far, according to the Department of Disease Control. The World Health Organization classified the B.1.1.529 strain as a “variant of concern” and named it Omicron. Scientists are...

    Thailand will ban travellers from eight southern African countries where a new COVID-19 strain was found.

    No cases of the new variant have been detected in Thailand so far, according to the Department of Disease Control.

    The World Health Organization classified the B.1.1.529 strain as a “variant of concern” and named it Omicron. Scientists are trying to find out how quickly the variant can spread and if it is resistant to the COVID-19 vaccines.

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    The variant has already reached Hong Kong, Belgium and Israel, sparking a global alarm. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) yesterday announced a travel ban from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, chief of DDC, said the ban will take effect on 1st December. As of yesterday, travellers from the countries cannot register for a Thailand Pass. For those who have arrived, they must be quarantined for 14 days.

    Travellers from other countries in Africa cannot join the Test & Go and Sandbox programmes as of yesterday. They must be quarantined for 14 days and need to pass three COVID-19 tests during their quarantine, he said. So far, 1,007 travellers from Africa have entered the country since reopening and none of them tested positive, he said.

    Meanwhile, Dr Supakit Sirilak, chief of the Department of Medical Sciences, said the department is closely monitoring the new strain.

    “We will take about 100 positive cases from travellers under the Sandbox scheme for whole genome sequencing to learn whether the variant has arrived in the country.

    “We have already submitted 7,000 cases of whole genome sequencing under WHO recommendations. We are confident that we can find it if the variant is in the country,” he said. RT-PCR tests should still work for the newly mutated COVID-19 variant.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile, gave assurances that the government is closely monitoring updates from around the world about the B.1.1.529 variant and will change travel restrictions if necessary.

    “The Ministry of Public Health keeps me posted as to how Thailand will be affected by the spread of the new variant,” he wrote in a Facebook post. None of the African countries is on the list of 63 countries whose travellers are allowed to enter the kingdom without COVID-19 quarantine, he said.

    The Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry have been instructed to work together with the Ministry of Public Health in monitoring updates about the Omicron variant and screening visitors for it, he said.

    The public should maintain standard COVID-19 control measures, including wearing a face mask, washing hands and keeping a proper distance from others, he said. Those who have yet to be vaccinated or are waiting for jabs are encouraged to come forward.

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  • CCSA Ends Curfew & Eases Restrictions To Help Tourism Industry
    Thailand will no longer have a curfew starting next month after lifting the nighttime ban being enforced in the last remaining six provinces as part of the measures to revitalise the economy and tourism sector. The country will also allow travellers to enter the country by land and sea, change the COVID-19 testing method for...

    Thailand will no longer have a curfew starting next month after lifting the nighttime ban being enforced in the last remaining six provinces as part of the measures to revitalise the economy and tourism sector.

    The country will also allow travellers to enter the country by land and sea, change the COVID-19 testing method for air travellers and allow tourists to visit more provinces.

    These measures will be implemented in December, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), which held a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday.

    The decision to open the country more was made even as a new coronavirus variant had been detected in South Africa and Hong Kong. The news sent stock markets reeling in Asia and prompted Britain to ban flights from six southern African countries.

    CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin did not mention the new variant in the routine briefing after the meeting.

    The COVID-19 task force will remove Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla from the most dangerous list from 1st December, ending the curfew in the last remaining six provinces, said Dr Visanuyothin.

    The centre also agreed to the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to adjust testing rules for air travellers from 63 countries and territories by replacing RT-PCR testing with antigen testing from 16th December.

    The change will allow visitors to start travelling in Thailand sooner since the antigen testing takes a much shorter time for the results to be known. At present, visitors must spend a night at hotels waiting for RT-PCR results before they can be out and about.

    Thailand will also add Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani to the list of provinces tourists can visit, in addition to Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Phangnga, starting 1st December.

    The CCSA will also allow border entry, starting on 24th December with Nong Khai, the province opposite Laos. Details of entry by sea will be announced later.

    But the CCSA still kept all night entertainment venues closed at least until mid-January, despite pleas from operators to allow them to open next month to cash in on New Year holidays.

    It cited concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19 clusters caused by congestions.

    “The country missed the new year celebration last year because of clusters found in entertainment venues,” Dr Visanuyothin said.

    The meeting on Friday also extended the state of emergency by two months to the end of January.

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  • Night Entertainment Venues Closed Until 16th Jan – CCSA Meeting Yesterday
    Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before 16th January as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed on Friday. However some exceptions could be made later under extenuating circumstances as the situation with the epidemic and control measures is so...

    Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before 16th January as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed on Friday.

    However some exceptions could be made later under extenuating circumstances as the situation with the epidemic and control measures is so fluid, it added.

    After meeting with the CCSA yesterday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said all public activities must abide by Covid-free setting measures after they have been officially approved, with everyone at the premises fully vaccinated.

    “As there has been no decision made to speed up the reopening of entertainment venues, the government is preparing to come up with more countermeasures against the virus,” said Gen Chan-o-cha.

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    He said the government is contemplating a measure to help alleviate the financial burden many business operators and musicians are facing due to their lack of revenue.

    That being said, any entertainment venues that unilaterally decide to reopen ahead of schedule will face long suspensions, he added.

    “Other countries have also imposed [tough] measures, the same as us. Everything must stay in line with the regulations, otherwise chaos will reign,” he said.

    He said the Labour Ministry is working with the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council to come up with more measures to help businesses with their financial woes.

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the Covid-free setting approach must be adopted for all public services including at restaurants, with people needing to show proof of vaccination and/or an antigen test kit result.

    “Thailand’s image over the New Year period is crucial because how well the virus is contained will promote every aspect of business,” said Mr Charnvirakul.

    CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said periods of dine-in service with alcoholic drinks will be extended until 11pm and the venues must close at midnight.

    Dr Visanuyothin said attendees at Friday’s meeting considered a petition by business operators to reopen in December.

    However, after a series of consultations, the National Security Council decided the risk of outbreaks was too high at present to bring the schedule forward due to the limited ventilation and close contact among densely packed patrons at pubs and bars.

    “The promotion of tourism has been hindered by the virus, which has also sabotaged the country’s plans for the New Year celebrations. But if entertainment venues can fully cooperate with the government and show they are truly ready, it could be possible for them to reopen a bit earlier,” said Dr Visanuyothin.

    That being said, a decision was made to extend the emergency decree to 31st January, he noted. Attendees also designated 23 provinces as maximum controlled zones (red), 23 as controlled zones (orange), 24 as high surveillance zones (yellow) and seven as tourist-oriented zones (blue).

    Blue zones include Bangkok, Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phangnga and Phuket. They will adopt earlier surveillance zone (green) measures next month.

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  • PM Adviser Defends 2.6 Million Baht iPhone Budget For Govt Officials
    An adviser to the prime minister, Natthriya Thaweevong, defended the 2.6-million-baht budget the government has allocated to purchase 111 iPhone 12s for its officials, saying smartphones are crucial in the digital age. She was responding to the public outcry over the plan to purchase 23 iPhone 12s with 128-gigabyte (GB) storage for ministers, director-generals and...

    An adviser to the prime minister, Natthriya Thaweevong, defended the 2.6-million-baht budget the government has allocated to purchase 111 iPhone 12s for its officials, saying smartphones are crucial in the digital age.

    She was responding to the public outcry over the plan to purchase 23 iPhone 12s with 128-gigabyte (GB) storage for ministers, director-generals and senior officials down to C10 level, and 88 iPhone 12s with a 64-GB memory for director-level officials.

    Ms Thaweevong said the phones are meant to replace the iPhone 7 that was given to officials five years ago. She added many officials cannot afford to purchase a new smartphone, so the government decided to step in.

    The adviser also said it is normal for any office to earmark some money to procure smartphones, as they will enable the recipients to work more effectively.

    She said many other workplaces would extend the policy to cover their employees’ telephone bills.

    She asked the public to trust the government’s decision as it was taken for the benefit of everyone.

    Following the uproar over the phones, the non-governmental organisation Mirror Foundation asked the government to donate the old iPhones to children who need smartphones to attend online courses.

    When asked if the foundation has contacted the Secretariat of the Prime Minister, Ms Thaweevong said the foundation has yet to send a formal request, which will be needed as the used phones are state property.

    The foundation posted another message today, saying it has sent a letter to the office. It will also ask for used smartphones from other offices to be donated to underprivileged kids, it said.

    Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, MP and leader of the Thai Civilised Party, said on Facebook that it’s a shame that while the government cannot afford to shore up the price of rice and rubber, it attempted to buy expensive items for its officials.

    Piyawat Phansaichuea, Pheu Thai Party MP for Yasothon, said he received many complaints from rice farmers who have not received any relief from the government, as the government is choosing to wait for next year’s budget to clear.

    He said it is ironic that the government said it cannot afford relief projects but it can seek budgets for weaponry and smartphones for officials.

    26 November 26 2021
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  • Antigen COVID-19 Tests To Replace RT-PCR Tests For Visitors
    The National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has approved a plan to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for visitors travelling from 63 eligible countries/territories who are allowed to enter Thailand without the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Speaking after a meeting of the NCDC, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the replacement is in line with the...

    The National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has approved a plan to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for visitors travelling from 63 eligible countries/territories who are allowed to enter Thailand without the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    Speaking after a meeting of the NCDC, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the replacement is in line with the second phase of the reopening starting from 1st December.

    The change will apply to visitors under the “test and go” scheme, with vaccination certificates, and RT-PCR certificates issued 72 hours prior to their travel. Upon arrival, they will undergo antigen testing from time to time, he said.

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    Under the “test and go” scheme, visitors from the 63 countries are exempted from quarantine and require just a single night at a hotel certified by the Safety and Health Administration Plus standard while waiting for their RT-PCR test result.

    Mr Charnvirakul said the meeting also approved a proposal to exempt a 50-baht fee for a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination issued via the e-vaccine passport system for visitors who travel from 1st December to 31st December.

    Mr Charnvirakul said the Department of Medical Services also signed an agreement to buy 50,000 courses, equal to 2 million pills, of molnupiravir, the world’s first oral medication for the treatment of COVID-19. Molnupiravir, developed by US drug companies Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, is the first antiviral medication for Covid which can be taken as a pill rather than injected or given intravenously.

    The Department of Disease Control (DDC) yesterday also signed an agreement to buy another 30 million doses of Pfizer vaccines which will be administered as booster shots next year, Mr Charnvirakul said, adding that if a second-generation of Pfizer vaccine is developed for children aged below 12, Thailand can also buy them under the agreement.

    DDC director-general Opas Karnkawinpong said the second phase of the reopening will be presented for approval by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today.

    Under the plan, visitors will be allowed to enter by boat and on land, in addition to air travel which is the only entry mode currently, Dr Karnkawinpong said.

    The move comes after information shows that the rate of infections from foreign visitors, including travellers under the test and go scheme, was low at only 0.08%, Dr Karnkawinpong said.

    However, entry by land will be limited to safe border passes, with strict health screening to be put in place, Dr Karnkawinpong said.

    Asked if the government will consider reducing the number of eligible countries from 63 in the wake of new surges of infections in Europe, Dr Karnkawinpong said the CCSA instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consider the matter.

    Meanwhile, there were 6,335 new COVID-19 cases and 37 more fatalities registered during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported yesterday.

    There were 6,305 cases in the general population and 30 among prison inmates. The number of new cases rose from 5,857 announced on Wednesday, when the country recorded 55 more deaths.

    On Wednesday, 7,218 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus.

    The 6,335 new cases included 6,298 local infections and seven imported cases. Of the local infections, 6,092 were confirmed at hospitals and 206 via mass testing.

    Bangkok had 672 new cases, followed by 455 in Songkhla, 429 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 263 in Surat Thani, 258 in Chiang Mai, 206 in Samut Prakan, 204 in Chon Buri, 178 in Pattani, 171 in Yala and 154 in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Bangkok recorded five new deaths.

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  • Apple Warns Thai Activists ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ May Have Targeted iPhones
    On Wednesday Apple Inc issued alert messages to at least six Thai activists and researchers who have been critical of the government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by “state-sponsored attackers”, according to activists and the alerts reviewed by Reuters. Apple and Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry did not immediately respond to...

    On Wednesday Apple Inc issued alert messages to at least six Thai activists and researchers who have been critical of the government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by “state-sponsored attackers”, according to activists and the alerts reviewed by Reuters.

    Apple and Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a “threat notification” on his Apple account.

    Researcher Sarinee Achananuntakul and activist Yingcheep Atchanont of legal monitoring group iLaw said they had received similar emails, while a rapper, a political activist, and a politician opposed to the government separately posted screenshots of the same email on their social media accounts.

    All are perceived as being critical of the government.

    The messages warned “if your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone.” Apple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for alleged surveillance and targeting of US Apple users with its Pegasus spyware.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Apple said that the NSO group had created “state-sponsored surveillance technology” that had been aimed at a “very small number of users”.

    It was not immediately clear in Apple’s alerts on Wednesday whether the company believed Thais were being targeted by Pegasus.

    Internet security watchdog group Citizen Lab identified in 2018 a Pegasus spyware operator active within Thailand.

    The government is still led by the architects of a 2014 coup, who remain in power after a 2019 election that its rivals say was stacked in the military’s favour.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the coup leader, has denied the claims, but has faced months of anti-government protests.

    As well as calls for greater democracy, the government has also been criticised over its management of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.

    25 November 25 2021
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  • Non-Vaxxed Bar & Restaurant Staff Urged To Get Jab
    Restaurants, pubs and bars nationwide are being urged to get all staff vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to fully resume operations, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday. He was responding to reports of restaurant employees contracting COVID-19 after failing to get vaccinated, even though vaccination is a requirement if...

    Restaurants, pubs and bars nationwide are being urged to get all staff vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to fully resume operations, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday.

    He was responding to reports of restaurant employees contracting COVID-19 after failing to get vaccinated, even though vaccination is a requirement if they are to resume serving alcohol to customers.

    The provincial communicable disease committee in each province is responsible for assessing how ready restaurants are for a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, he said.

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    “Some staff and even the owners of these restaurants have not even received their first shot,” he said.

    “If this information had emerged earlier, they would not have been allowed to reopen.”

    Those businesses must show the government they are really ready to fully resume their operations while strictly maintaining measures to ensure a COVID-free setting.

    In Nakhon Ratchasima, governor Wichian Chantharanothai said the province plans to seek permission from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to relax restrictions for restaurants in Muang and Pak Chong districts from 1st December when the province is due to reopen.

    “The province still hopes to achieve 70% COVID-19 vaccination coverage before the reopening, even though only 59% of the target population has received their first shot and 50% their second,” he said.

    Manot Nongyai, deputy mayor of Pattaya in Chon Buri, said the city plans to close all COVID-19 hospitals and allow the operators running them to return to their previous businesses.

    The number of new infections in Pattaya has been dropping for some time, which resulted in low demand for hospital services, he said, adding that only 28 new cases were recorded yesterday while about 10 of the hospital rooms were occupied.

    More than 20,000 hotel and resort rooms previously serving COVID-19 patients with moderate and mild symptoms will revert to serving guests as usual, he said.

    Pattaya will soon reopen and welcome visitors without quarantine, he said.

    It expects to hit 100% COVID-19 vaccination coverage next month.

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  • PM Seeks Fast Remedy To Diesel Crisis As Lorry Drivers Threaten Strike
    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday the Energy Ministry must speed up the launch of new measures to lower the retail price of diesel, according to his deputy Anutin Charnvirakul. The prime minister convened an informal meeting of all of his deputies, except for Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to...

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday the Energy Ministry must speed up the launch of new measures to lower the retail price of diesel, according to his deputy Anutin Charnvirakul.

    The prime minister convened an informal meeting of all of his deputies, except for Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to discuss the government’s handling of the problem of high diesel prices, which have sparked a protest by lorry drivers nationwide.

    The permanent secretary for energy informed Gen Chan-o-cha that intervention measures would be rolled out early next month.

    However, the premier asked that those be announced and implemented as fast as possible, said Mr Charnvirakul.

    “The PM also stressed that diesel prices must be brought lower than 30 baht per litre,” said Mr Charnvirakul after the meeting.

    The move indicates a compromise may be sought after the government refused earlier to cave to lorry operators’ demand that the price of diesel be reduced to 25 baht a litre and pegged at that rate for a year.

    The Land Transport Federation of Thailand (LTFT) has repeatedly pressured the government to meet the demand or face a large-scale lorry driver strike on 1st December.

    Last week, truckers drove in convoys to the Ministry of Energy to press their case.

    On Tuesday, Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said it would be impossible to lower the diesel price that much even though it has already fallen below 30 baht per litre. The government will keep paying subsidies of 2 baht per litre as prices in the world market continue to drop, he said.

    As of Tuesday, the average price of diesel nationwide was 28 baht per litre. PTT Plc is expected to announce today that it will lower the price further and other companies are likely to follow suit, Mr Punmeechaow said.

    The government has set aside 20 billion baht to subsidise the price for a period of four to five months and capping it at 25 baht per litre would require about 500 million baht per day or up to 15 billion baht per month, he said.

    Diesel prices globally have dropped considerably after the United States, China, India, Japan and a number of other large countries began releasing their strategic petroleum reserves in lieu of importing oil, he said.

    The measure taken by these nations as they battle for control of the global energy market spelt good news for oil-consuming countries like Thailand but has frustrated the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), he said.

    The outcome of an Opec meeting set for 4th December will determine the fate of global oil prices, he said.

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  • Anutin Urges People To Give Up On Moderna & Get Pfizer Jabs
    Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Tuesday urged those who are still waiting for a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to give up and instead register for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that is being offered under the government’s vaccination programme. His advice came as he asked all provincial health offices and regional offices...

    Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Tuesday urged those who are still waiting for a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to give up and instead register for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that is being offered under the government’s vaccination programme.

    His advice came as he asked all provincial health offices and regional offices of the Department of Disease Control (DDC) to try and get all of those who remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 in their area vaccinated within two weeks from now.

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    “Ditch your vaccine orders and come for vaccines from the government… Those who have ordered a Moderna [vaccine] jab but have yet to receive it, come to us and we will give you Pfizer [vaccine] instead,” he said.

    As of Tuesday, more than 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered under the government’s inoculation campaign, “which is close to our target of administering 100 million doses by the end of this month”, he said.

    The minister noted that while the government is capable of administering up to one million doses each day, the rate of vaccination has been declining in recent weeks.

    However, he added, the decline might simply be due to the fact that many people have already had their jabs.

    Separately, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday several European countries are willing to donate vaccines to Thailand.

    Mr Don was speaking after one million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States arrived in Thailand on Monday.

    He did not name the countries prepared to donate but said the Ministry of Public Health had the details.

    Asked if Thailand would open to tourists from more than the 63 countries and territories now allowed to enter with minimal quarantine, Mr Pramudwinai said that was for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to decide.

    He said countries considered low-risk may be added to the list. Tourists must comply with conditions stipulated by the government, especially the vaccination requirements.

    Meanwhile, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the cabinet on Tuesday acknowledged a plan to buy another 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which would bring the total number purchased from the company to 60 million doses.

    The plan was approved earlier by the CCSA. The 30 million doses are expected to be delivered to Thailand between the first and third quarters of next year, he said.

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