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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stated that Phang Nga and Krabi provinces are preparing the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme scheduled to launch on 1 August 2021 to welcome foreign tourists back after Phuket started its sandbox model on 1 July, while the ‘Samui Plus’ model was officially launched on 15 July. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed that TAT has also planned to propose similar schemes for Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Buri Ram, Bangkok, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan for an October reopening.
Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Minister Anek Laothamatas said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved his ministry’s proposal on the tuition cut to relieve people’s burden of educational expenditures amid the COVID-19 crisis. The ministry proposed that public universities give various discounts on parts of tuition and educational service fees. The discount was set at 50% for the fees are not higher than 50,000 baht, 30% for the parts between 50,001 and 100,000 baht and 10% for the parts of the fees at 100,001 baht and over.
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization has now produced "Favipiravir" locally, and this week, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has given approval to the product. GPO’s Specialist Nantakarn Suwanpitakkun says that the medicine produced in Thailand will be around half the cost of the imported one. She confirms the Favipiravir produced in Thailand is of the same quality as the imported medicine. There is a production capacity of 2-4 million doses per month.
Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched the “Vaccine Jai” campaign in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 related suicides. “Vaccine Jai” is a mental health assessment tool which aims to evaluate risks and provide guidelines for pandemic-related mental health issues, adding that it will be accessible at all times and will have a set of 20 questions, changed monthly, to rejuvenate the mental health of people, especially those in the tourism sector.
Thailand’s state-run Transport Company has suspended all bus services on the northern, northeastern, eastern and southern routes, except parcel deliveries, until 2 August. Company president Sanyalak Panwattanalikit said the move is in compliance with the government announcement of 17 July, requiring people to suspend or delay interprovincial travel to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that Phang Nga and Krabi provinces are preparing to welcome foreign tourists back under the "Andaman Sandbox” scheme, which is scheduled to launch on 1 August 2021. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the proposal for the Andaman “sandbox” scheme was submitted to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration for further consideration on 21 July.