In a National Address delivered today, the Prime Minister of Thailand has set a goal for the country to be able to fully open within 120 days from today.

“The time has now come for us to look ahead and set a date for when we can fully open our country and start receiving visitors because re-opening the country is one of the important ways to start reducing the enormous suffering of people who have lost their ability to earn an income.  I am, therefore, setting a goal for us to be able to declare Thailand fully open within 120 days from today, and for tourism centers that are ready, to do so even faster.  The only exception to these guidelines will be if a truly serious situation develops or seems likely to develop, and we will look at those situations on a case-by-case basis.”

National Address of the Prime Minister of Thailand

We must look on this virus just as we would on the many other diseases

Our national policy must now evolve and we must look on this virus just as we would on the many other diseases that are in the world and with which we must learn to live.  We have seen that this virus is not going to go away quickly.

We have to come to terms that it will continue to be around in the world and in Thailand for some time.   We cannot wait for a time when everyone is fully vaccinated with two shots to open the country or for when the world is free of the virus.  We must be ready to live with some risk and just try to keep it at a manageable level, and let people go back to being able to earn a living.  That is the policy that I have set.

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