Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.
Living with Covid-19 seems to be the inconvenient reality that several countries have accepted after realising that, unless there is an effective vaccine that can protect us from getting infected, the virus will remain with us and affect our livelihoods for the foreseeable future.
The show must go on. This maxim may explain the reason why Dr Boon Vanasin, chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group, came out again on Aug 3 to talk to the Thai media with a new claim that he was in the process of signing a deal with the Defence Ministry to procure an unspecified amount of the mRNA Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for import into Thailand.
Most critics sum up Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha government's performance in the management of vaccines procurement with one simple word: "suck". I couldn't agree more with that harsh summation and there is no need to further amplify that utter failure.
Despite reassurances from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul that the mass Covid-19 vaccinations for people over 60 and those suffering from seven non-communicable underlying diseases across the country will proceed as scheduled on June 7, scepticism remains strong among many about whether this administration can still be trusted after repeated blunders in the handling of the pandemic.