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Prayut orders study into COVID passports

Prayut orders study into COVID passports

BANGKOK: The government will look into the future use of COVID-19 passports, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 09:02AM

On Tuesday (Mar2), the prime minister ordered the Foreign Ministry to conduct a study into the adoption of COVID-19 vaccine passports, potentially the answer to future travel under the so-called “new normal” that is currently being discussed seriously in other countries, reports the Bangkok Post.

The passport includes certification that its owner has been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease with registered and recognised COVID-19 vaccines.

He admitted that so far, no conclusion has been reached that would guarantee the COVID-19 vaccine passport system would be effective when implemented at the international level.

“So at this point, I have ordered a study to be conducted around this idea in preparation for [a future use of it] so that Thailand will be able to keep up with other countries,” he said.

“Opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine passport system still vary, even in Thailand,” the prime minister shared.

Countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom as well as those in the European Union are reportedly among those considering a digital passport that would allow citizens to demonstrate they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 passport idea has been reported to have critics – especially among physicians and rights groups who question the efficacy of the vaccines and whether or not they will be able to totally protect people against COVID-19.

In Thailand, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) is issuing a COVID-19 vaccination certificate to people who have received the vaccine.

Dr Opas Kankawinpong, director-general of DDC said that the COVID-19 passport should be started under bilateral agreements in order to boost the country’s tourism industry, even though each country still has different policies about COVID-19 vaccination certification.

The national committee on communicable diseases will discuss the COVID-19 vaccination passport on Monday, he said.

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LALALA | 04 March 2021 - 13:16:48

Tbird, agree with your statement about the WHO, disagree about the link of Covid to China as Covid was - for example - traced back in Italy to 09/19, long time before the Virus was found in Wuhan. 

Tbird | 03 March 2021 - 23:51:22

Kurt, The WHO is a corrupt, unaccountable, gang of frauds. They should be completely defunded ....and guilty members prosecuted for crimes against humanity in their willing participation in the Covid Cover-up orchestrated by the genocidal Chinese Communist Party. 

Kurt | 03 March 2021 - 12:42:05

WHO is a world wide health collecting/monitoring/promoting/advising/ coordinating organization. That is WHO responsibility. WHO has no governmental ruling powers. It is up to governments to follow WHO in here health knowledge professionalism, or not.

Mj | 03 March 2021 - 11:00:12

In my opinion this is the responsibility of WHO. They could start to create this "Vaccination Passport" a year ago. Then it could be valid Internationally and all Countries could accept it when travel abroad. However,- the WHO is a very weird organixation and is not doing much about the Covid situation. Such a Leader such an Organixation.

Kurt | 03 March 2021 - 10:48:50

Why 'study' a Covid vac. book? ( Read: how much corruption money we can make out of it).Thai once shouldn't be bureaucratic time delaying matters. We have decades existing a WHO vaccination book in which all kind of vaccinating is registered. Yellow fever, Cholera, Hepatitis, Rabies, Small pox, etc. Now another piece of Thai not needed useless bureaucracy. 


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