Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has set a new goal to prepare the country for a future with Covid-19, according to sources at Government House.
Presiding yesterday a meeting of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), General Prayut proposed a change in the country’s Covid-19 management strategy so that people can “learn to live safely with Covid-19 In recognition of the changing nature of the virus which may never be completely eliminated from society, the sources said.
In light of this, the CCSA aims to strike a balance between controlling Covid-19 and allowing people to go about their normal lives and economic activities, the sources say.
The best example of this approach is the Phuket Sandbox program which started on July 1, followed by the Samui Plus model on July 15.
They form the backbone of plans to restart the ailing tourism industry and reopen the country in line with DMHTT guidelines, making reference to social distancing, mask wear, hand washing, health control. temperature and using the Thai Chana app.
General Prayut also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promote national vaccine research and development as part of the government’s public health development strategy so that Thailand can be self-sufficient in terms of vaccine production, have indicated the sources.
The development of a local mRNA vaccine against Covid-19, known as ChulaCOV-19, by a research team from the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, meanwhile, leaves some hope for Thailand.
The team recently announced the vaccine’s success in its first phase of human trials and plan to seek registration for emergency use in April next year, the sources said, citing General Prayut as saying that the government would speed up the disbursement of funds to support such projects.