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Gaffe-Hit ‘Ambassador City Jomtien’ Will Offer ASQ Stay, Exec Says

PATTAYA — The executive of a hotel that went viral last month over the alleged reports of terrible room conditions said Monday it will soon open as an Alternative State Quarantine, or ASQ.

At Long Last, COVID Vaccine Drive Begins in Earnest

BANGKOK — Frontline health workers, volunteers, and local officials are lining up Monday to receive their shot of vaccine against COVID-19, kicking off the long awaited inoculation drive that hopes to reopen the country.

Prayut Postpones Inaugural COVID Jab, Cites ‘Paperwork Issue’

BANGKOK — The inaugural shot of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha as planned due to missing paperwork for the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment, a source at Government House said.
A file photo of Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn.

Former National Park Chief Removed for Burning Down Karen Village

BANGKOK — An anti-graft agency on Thursday announced that a former national park director committed malfeasance for ordering the violent eviction of Karen families nearly a decade ago and ordered him to leave his post.
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul holds a syringe prop during a press conference at the Ministry of Public Health on Feb. 25, 2021.

13 Provinces to Get Vaccines First; Lowkey Welcome for AZ Doses

BANGKOK — Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, and Pathum Thani are among the first provinces to begin vaccinating its health workers and vulnerable populations against COVID-19 by next month, officials said Thursday.

Pattaya Motosai Says He Attacked Tourist ‘Out of Annoyance’

PATTAYA — Police on Thursday arrested a man who confessed to attacking a Chilean national in the resort town of Pattaya.

Indictment of Royal Motorcade Case Delayed to March 31

BANGKOK — Prosecutors on Thursday deferred their decision on whether to indict a group of five activists accused of blocking Her Majesty the Queen’s motorcade to March 31, a defense attorney said.

Officials Show Off Skill of Manhandling Grandma for ID

SARABURI — Local officials in the rural district of Don Phut, Saraburi, came under fire Wednesday after they posted photos of themselves carrying a bedridden elderly woman to a district office to issue her with an ID card – instead of making one for her at home.

In a Sign of Reopening, Vaccine Set Aside for Tourist Destinations

BANGKOK — The tourism minister on Wednesday said up to 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been reserved for hospitality workers in five provinces most popular with foreign tourists – a sign that the country may be on track for a reopening.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Prayut Could Be ‘Too Old’ For Sinovac Jab

BANGKOK — A senior health official on Tuesday poured cold water on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s pledge to be the first Thai to get the COVID-19 vaccine, citing his age.

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