Thailand plans to eventually proceed with making Covid-19 endemic despite World Health Organization cautioning against it

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Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health plans to proceed with a proposal to make Covid-19 an endemic disease in Thailand despite the World Health Organization (WHO)’s recent announcement warning countries like Spain, the UK, and Thailand from doing so.

Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, stated to the Associated Press today, January 14th, regarding a WHO warning on Tuesday against treating the virus as an endemic illness. Dr. Opas stated that although the Ministry of Public Health had announced they plan to eventually make Covid-19 endemic in the Kingdom, Thailand would not be able to call the virus endemic anytime soon. The Ministry had no plans to announce it immediately.

Meanwhile, the Ministry continued to remind and create mutual understanding with the public that Covid-19 would be “endemic” if 1.) The disease naturally reduces its severity; 2.) The public cooperates in receiving vaccinations, resulting in good immunity; 3.) Effective management and operations in terms of slowing down the pandemic in domestic areas.

The Director stated to the press: “We will continue to assess the situation closely and ask the public for cooperation in order to make Covid-19 an endemic disease, hopefully, later this year – not today or tomorrow. The World Health Organization is looking at the big picture in terms of their warning globally as they are focused on vaccine equality and managing the pandemic globally. Even the United Kingdom and the United States are now beginning to think and treat Covid-19 as if it is endemic because we have to live with the virus.”

“Our country is quite ahead of current World Health Organization global vaccination goals and other countries in many perspectives, such as cross-formula vaccines, Sandbox country reopening schemes, etc., and we also plan to do so in terms of labeling Covid-19 as endemic. We are ahead of many other countries in our management of Covid-19 overall, so there is no contradiction with the WHO announcement because we are looking at Covid-19 in the context of our country only.” Dr. Opas concluded.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.