Thai Bits: More Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Thailand, HIghest MPI in 29 Months, Thai Hotels Focusing on Wellness Packages

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on his Facebook page that Thailand will receive 10 to 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The minister also posted a photo of his meeting with Pfizer representatives.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will facilitate the registration process as soon as possible. The Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Thailand in the third quarter of this year.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on his Facebook page that Thailand will receive 10 to 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The minister also posted a photo of his meeting with Pfizer representatives.
It is expected that Pfizer’s vaccine will be available in Thailand in the third quarter of this year.
In Thailand, the Sinovac vaccine, also called Coronavac, is administered to adults 18 to 60, while the AstraZeneca vaccine is given to adults and the elderly. Health officials are particularly interested in the two-dose Pfizer vaccine because health officials say it is effective.
Thai FDA also approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Moderna, Covaxin, and Sputnik V vaccines are being registered.

MPI hits the highest level in 29 months

The manufacturing production index (MPI) reached its highest level in 29 months in March, up 4.12 percent from the same period last year and 8.39 percent from February.
As a result of the economic stimulus package and the recent COVID outbreak, manufacturing operations do not seem to have been disrupted as a result of recent restrictions.
Furniture market growth was over 42 percent, followed by sugar at 26 percent, steel and iron at 19 percent, animal feed at 15 percent, and the auto industry at over 8 percent.

Hotels shifting towards wellness packages

Thailand hotels are seeing an increase in business from wellness branding, touting spa packages, and promoting wellness benefits with acupressure and Thai massage.
The global trend towards wellness in holidays should be explored by hotels in different parts of the country. Traditional Lanna remedies in the north, while Bangkok focuses on health packages for urban dwellers, southern hotels are offering wellness packages with activities, according to a report in the Bangkok Post by CBRE Thailand.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide wellness tourism market represented 17.4 percent of global tourism, and its value is estimated at over USD 4 trillion. Post-COVID, the business is expected to continue to grow as more people become aware of mental and physical well-being.

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