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Government defends top-up in latest Covid relief scheme

A 200-baht monthly top-up in the latest relief scheme for the country’s 13.7 million state-welfare card holders is “appropriate”, the Ministry of Finance said Tuesday.The ministry was addressing criticism that disadvantaged people receive less help than other groups as...

BMA to allow elderly to register for vaccines at hospitals

Bangkok will allow elderly people to register for Covid vaccines at more than 100 hospitals around the capital, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said in response to growing criticism about their vaccine rollout program.The BMA's registration platform, Thai...

Opinion: Government’s inability to get across a straight message is eroding public trust

Scores of hospitals this week have come out to confirm what we all expected: this government has failed to live up to its promises, again.This latest round of vaccine shortage came after a major show of face last week...

Government in race against time after Delta variant shown to be more severe, more transmissible

Thailand's government is now in a race against time to fully vaccinate its population after the Delta variant of Covid-19 is shown to be more transmissible and more deadly in a new study.Research out of the United Kingdom...

Opposition ready for elections but still wants constitution amended first

Two prominent members of Thailand's opposition said Monday they were ready for an election after rumours of parliament being dissolved resurfaced.After the parliament approved a bill for the 500-billion-baht loan for relief measures for Covid-19 last week, talks of...

Opinion: It is time for the Prayut government to resign

To date, I have not called on the government to resign because it would complicate an already bad situation. Elections or a political crisis while the pandemic rages would only lead to more confusion and more casualties.But after...

National embarrassment continues with public spat between MOPH and BMA

The public feud between the public health ministry and the Bangkok governor’s office continued this weekend with both government organizations making public statements disparaging one another.The spat comes after the postponement this weekend of vaccinations in Bangkok. Private...

Here is how you can help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand

The Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected Thailand both economically and socially with thousands out of work and many more struggling to ends meet. The following is just a brief round up of ways you can help.Several hospitals are...

Opinion: The United Nations just reelected its worst-ever Secretary-General

With a crisis raging in the African Congo, the then-UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld set off in 1961 to broker a ceasefire with Moise Tshombe, the leader of the secessionist State of Katanga. Yet Hammarskjöld tragically died after the DC-6...

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