The government has started preparing to reopen Thailand on October 1. Eight provinces include Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Bangkok are the first destinations to reopen.
At a meeting of the national medical hub board on September 3, health and tourism authorities approved the reopening guidelines.
Additionally, tourist sites in Loei and Nong Khai provinces, Trat, and Rayong are scheduled to resume in October under the bubble-and-seal scheme.
The reopening is in accordance with the prime minister’s June deadline of 120 days.
Additionally, the medical hub board recommended steps to accelerate the development of Thailand’s 4 COVID-19 vaccines. These include the ChulaCov19 vaccine developed by Chulalongkorn University, the Baiya vaccine developed by Baiya Phytopharm Co, the HXP-GPO Vac developed by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, and the nasal-spray vaccine developed by Biotech. The medical hub board will urge higher officials to increase the budget to support the home-grown vaccine development and to enable the FDA to shorten the time required for Thai-made vaccines to be registered.