THREAD: So here’s where the rumor came from that @pfizer’s #COVID19 vaccine is already in #Thailand even though @fdathai has not received any paperwork for approval yet and just rebuked this.

Let’s go down the rabbit hole…
1) It all started with self-exiled fmr Thai PM @ThaksinLive claiming in a live stream on Tuesday night that a small amount of @pfizer’s #COVID19 vaccine is already in #Thailand and given to a “probably a small group”.
2) @ThaksinLive claims that “it’s all online already for people to see” and points to @nytimes#COVID19 Vaccine Tracker (…) and @TrackVaccines.

This is were things start to fall apart…
3) @nytimes’s #COVID Vaccine Tracker says that @pfizer has been approved “for emergency use” in Thailand (see highlighted part).

Clicking on that takes you to the story “Thailand reduces quarantine, paperwork for vaccinated” from Apr 1 by @AP.
4) In this @AP story (…), the highlighted part talks about the #COVID19 vaccines APPROVED FOR TRAVELERS TO REDUCE THEIR QUARANTINE*! It does NOT say it’s approved for domestic use.

*(Moot now since the quarantine is back to 14 days)
5) It is very likely that @TrackVaccines also misread that @AP story and hence listed both Moderna’s and @pfizer’s #COVID19 vaccines as approved - even though that is not the case of as writing.
6) So all in all this whole brouhaha was caused because someone at @nytimes and @TrackVaccines misread or misinterpreted an @AP story and fmr Thai PM @ThaksinLive just happened to stumble upon this and then broadcasted it for all of Thailand to see.
7) There’s obviously a political angle: both @ThaksinLive and his sister and fmr PM @PouYingluck have been toppled by (broadly speaking) the same forces that are in govt right now. It didn’t stop them to criticize the Thai PM from exile. Oh and they’re both vaccinated already.
8) The Thai govt currently only has Sinovac and AstraZeneca, a large bulk of the latter will be produced in Thailand by royally-owned Siam Bioscience. J&J is also approved but no one is importing it. The 3rd #COVID19 wave caused the govt to seek more from Pfizer and Sputnik V now
9) Even though we can now see why that Pfizer rumor is wrong and where it came from, it doesn’t absolve the Thai govt of PM @prayutofficial of criticism of their vaccine strategy. As of today, 1.5m people have gotten at least one #COVID19 vaccine.
10) RECAP: No, @pfizer’s #COVID19 vaccine isn’t here yet (as far as we know). No, @fdathai only received paperwork from Moderna, Covaxin and Sputnik for approval. No, I don’t know either if @ThaksinLive deliberately spread a rumor or just simply fell for a mistake… (END)

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22 Dec 20
THREAD: Thai PM will hold a televised address at 6pm local on the recent surge of #COVID19 cases, as over 1,000 cases have been linked to a seafood market in Samut Sakorn and migrant workers there.

Follow next tweets for details.
PM @prayutofficial: Recent outbreak in Samut Sakon was dealt "with urgent and strong measures", serves as an "important reminder how serious of a threat #COVID19 still is for the nation."
PM @prayutofficial: The declining #COVID19 situation worldwide has consequences for Thailand: it’ll take the world economy "longer to recover" and "biggest risk is people, brining the disease in our country". But many foreigners arriving here say they’re "impressed" with measures
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21 Dec 20
#COVID19TH a UPDATE (21 Dec 2020)

- 382* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (5,289 total)
- 17 discharged (4,053)
- 1,176 in hospital
- no new deaths (60)

*360 new cases found in migrant worker dorm in Samut Sakon (over 90% asymptomatic). “More confirmed cases there are expected.”
On top of the 360 migrant workers tested positive for #COVID19, 12 out of 14 local transmissions have been traced back to the Same Sakon seafood market where the current cluster is.
As for the migrant workers in Samut Sakon, they’ll be all quarantined in the same facility since the majority is asymptomatic, taking cues from a similar situation in SG. “This will take a few weeks to resolve,” says Dr Taweesin spokesman of the govt’s #COVID19 task force.
Read 4 tweets
19 Dec 20
#BREAKING: @pr_moph says 516 (!) more are tested positive in Samut Sakon province, following a positive case involving a shrimp wholesaler there, bringing the total of this cluster 548. Most of the new cases are migrant workers and asymptomatic. This is the biggest jump in months
Officials are announcing a practical locking in Samut Sakon province, with many activities and localities being ordered to cancel and to shut down until Jan 3. People are also asked to cease non-essential travel. #COVID19
Local elections on Sunday for the Provincial Administrative Organization will go ahead in Samut Sakon province, but health officials urge to wear masks and maintain safe distancing. #covid19
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10 Jun 20
THREAD: #Thailand is mulling plans for "phase 4" of relaxations of #COVID19 restrictions and re-openings of businesses and activities aimed for June 15.

These places were deemed "high-risk", hence they why come last. Details in the next tweets.
Draft plan of relaxations of #COVID19 restrictions in "phase 4" (potentially on June 15)

- International schools can reopen already
- Restaurants, food courts, hotel can serve alcohol
- Pubs, bars, karaoke venues are still NOT allowed to serve alcohol

- daycare facilities (e.g. kindergarten) can reopen
- events (incl. sports), conferences, concerts can take place (but with safe distancing)
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28 Apr 20
THREAD: The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority has proposed 8 types of places re-open again - but stops short of giving out an actual date, because that's pending a discussion with the @ddc_riskcom tomorrow.

See next tweets for list and detailed notes.
The 8 places the BMA is proposing to reopen:

1. restaurants & bars
2. non-food markets
3. barber shops, salons
4. clinics
5. golf courses
6. some sports venues where distancing is possible
7. vets, pet salons
8. public parks

(see next tweet for additional notes)
Additional notes

1. restaurants and bars could open for dining-in again, but with safe distancing. No alcohol can be sold in store, but takeaway is possible

2. there was no mention of malls

3. limited services at barbers and salons, no walk-ins

8. parks only for recreation
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21 Mar 20
#BREAKING: Now it’s official, Bangkok Metropolitan Authority announces the closure of more venues, such as shopping malls. from Mar 22 to Apr 12 to contain the spread of #COVID19. Supermarkets and restaurants (no dine-in) will remain open.

See following tweets for full details.
Full list of closures in Bangkok from Mar 22 to Apr 12 (1/3):
- restaurants (no dine-in, takeaway and delivery online)
- shopping malls (except supermarkets)
- non-food markets
- spas, beauty salons, barber shops
- pet salons
- skate parks, bowling centers, arcades

Full list of closures in Bangkok from Mar 22 to Apr 12 (⅔):

- internet cafes
- golf courses and driving ranges
- swimming pools
- cock fighting venues (stop giggling!)
- amulet shops
- conference and exhibition venues
- tattoo shops
- at-home nanny and nursery services

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