1. Government’s assured that individuals who suffer side-effects after receiving a Covid vaccine will be able to receive treatments at private hospitals without being charged.
  2. A chicken processing plant owned by CPF in Saraburi’s Kaeng Khoi district has been closed for 5 days to be disinfected, after 391 of its workers were found to be infected with Covid. More than ½ of 5,800 workers there have been tested, but not all results are yet available.
  3. Hotels, Auto dealers and community malls are among top applicants for debt payment holiday, assets warehouse.
  4. Signs point to higher job losses: The latest wave of Covid-19 threatens to hike unemployment figures despite state measures. The third wave of Covid-19 brought the number of daily infections and deaths to a record high, and threatens to do the same for unemployment figures. Bangkok Post
  5. BOT predicts econ recovery will be delayed to 1Q23, mainly due to the 3rd wave of infections, while vaccination is a key factor to reviving the Thai economy.
  6. PM defends defence spending: Budget not based on reality: Pheu Thai. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha defended the Defence Ministry’s share of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year during the first reading of the bill in parliament yesterday, after opposition MP slammed the figure as unusually high when compared to allocations for health care. Bangkok Post
  7. WHO approved China’s Sinovac for emergency use. Sinovac and AztraZeneca are the two vaccines being used in Thailand.
  8. Cabinet okays measures worth B164bn: The cabinet yesterday approved a combined 164 billion baht worth of fresh measures to help alleviate the hardships of people affected by the pandemic as well as to fund public health projects. Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said the budget for the measures comes from the 1-trillionbaht loan under the decree issued last year to ease the impact of the Covid19 outbreaks. According to Mr Anucha, of the total 17.1 billion baht is earmarked to fund three projects related to public health services, including vaccine distribution and vehicle procurement to patrol atrisk groups.Bangkok Post
  9. Inoculation rules laid out for visitors to Phuket: Anyone flying into Phuket must have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine or both or full doses of other brands, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said yesterday. Bangkok Post
  10. Thai life insurance associations sees 4M21 premium from Unit Linked insurance plan +103.47% yoy as demand for risk coverage & investment grows.

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