1. B4.6bn boost for Covid battle: Medicines, high-risk staffgiven priority. The Public Health Ministry has been allocated 4.66 billion baht from the government’s central budget to help fight the new Covid-19 outbreak. Bangkok Post
  2. FDA vows ‘safety first’: As Thailand’s vaccination drive looms, the government moves to allay fears about the Chinese vaccine it plans to use. The Public Health Ministry has confirmed that people in four high-risk groups – including the elderly and frontline medical workers – will be the first to be inoculated against Covid-19 when Sinovac’s vaccine arrives in Thailand next month. Bangkok Post
  3. Criteria for free-float shares may be adjusted: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) are considering revising the criteria for free-float shares in both initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary markets after unusual surges of many large-cap stocks with low free float disrupted the SET Index in 2020, says Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, the SEC’s secretary general. Bangkok Post
  4. The Covid-19 crisis has caused household debt to surge to the highest level in 12 years, Uni of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), averaging Bt480K per family.
  5. Household debt rises 42% to 12-year high: The Covid-19 crisis has caused household debt to surge to the highest level in 12 years, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). Bangkok Post
  6. Government yesterday agreed to cash handouts to about 30m people, each receiving Bt3,500/month for 2 months from February.
  7. FTI warns tyre AD will hit industry: US move will hurt Thai competitiveness. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) expects the US decision to impose anti-dumping duties (AD) on car tyres exported from Thailand to seriously affect Thai industries, including the automotive and agricultural sectors, as Thailand may end up missing export opportunities in the global market, says FTI vice-chairman Kriangkrai Tiannukul. Bangkok Post
  8. 2m debtors poised to join bank scheme: State-owned banks expect around 2 million debtors to participate in the latest financial relief measures rolled out to alleviate the impact of the pandemic. Bangkok Post
  9. Government pledges to press on with DSEZ: The government remains adamant it is continuing its long-delayed Dawei special economic zone (DSEZ) project and vows to find solutions to obstacles at a tripartite meeting between Thailand, Japan and Myanmar. Bangkok Post
  10. BoT offers borrowers debt holiday: Most deferments to last until June. The Bank of Thailand has extended financial relief measures to individual borrowers until June this year, aiming to ease financial burdens stemming from a new round of the domestic Covid-19 outbreak. Bangkok Post

  1. not sure about the vaccine push as none of the vaccines have reported that it stops the virus. The info so far is that it may induce some immune response, what ever percent that is ??
    THe newspaper says it works but that is never defined as you could say it works because some people get sick, some die, some have no reaction at all? These never before tired gene therapy drugs should not be taken lightly and further studies like normal should be adhered to. I hope the FDA doesnt rush into this.

    • Thai FDA + MoH are just corrupt.

      Vaccines, no point getting into this rabbit hole. 0.16% of those infected pass away (test everyone and this % drops ridiculously low), alas if its required to travel you don’t have a choice.

      Focus instead on the changes in industries/government policies instead and position yourself accordingly. As a friend put it well, lets just be cockroaches, survive and do well at the end of this.

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