Lockdown, failures, and fools

9 07 2021

With virus infections surging, the regime looks hopeless. Some say it might have corrupted its vaccine procurement program.*

The anticipated lockdown has arrived, but remains limited in scope, suggesting that the regime is non-comprehending that the lockdown announcement will see even more infected people decamping to their villages. In this sense, and whatever one thinks about lockdowns, the delays in securing a lockdown means that it likely becomes a superspreader event. But this isn’t the first time, with the failure to limit movement at Thai new year likely also spreading the virus.

The greatest impact will, as ever, be on the poor. They are the least able to get through a lockdown. The economy is already staggering, and it is likely that this new restriction will crush the lives of many of those who have struggled to make ends meet over the last year or so.

But, never fear, the dolts running the country (into the ground) are doing their bit:

I am listening but can’t hear

Prime Minister [Gen] Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that he will give up his salary for three months, to help those suffering from COVID-19, while some other ministers then announced that they will do the same….

Currently, the prime minister earns 125,590 baht per month, which includes 75,590 baht salary, plus a 50,000 baht position based allowance. This means that the prime minister will be giving up a total of 376,770 baht.

After the prime minister’s announcement, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Social Development and Human Security Minister Chuti Krairerk, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Digital Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn also announced that they will give up their salaries.

This is buffalo manure. Gen Prayuth and his ilk have done so much damage that giving up spare change means nothing. But perhaps some PR guru told them that a symbolic gesture is necessary. But it’s an empty gesture, with the damage already done. The damage on the vaccines was predicted (and rejected) last year.

*On this, we wondered if the data presented in an article about the new, large Sinovac purchase is correct or if someone is on the take. That article states that “cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to procure 10.9 million additional Sinovac vaccine doses at 6.1 billion baht.” With our poor math, we calculated a cost of 560 baht a dose. That seems roughly double the going rate. Sinovac is already very expensive when its relatively low efficacy is considered.


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