Is Thailand’s PM Advancing Beyond the Chinese (Zero-Tolerance) & American (Vaccine-Centric Eradication) Paradigm Acknowledging the Need to Coexist with COVID-19?

Perhaps they make politicians more honest in Thailand?  Recently Prayut Chan-o-cha, the nation’s Prime Minister established expectations that COVID-19 will be around for a long time. Put another way, according to local media sources there is a growing recognition that at least among the heads of this Southeast Asian nation that the people will have to learn to live with the virus.  This is of course a very different message resonating out of politicians in America that in similar fashion to Chinese Communist Party (CP) politicians, seek to eradicate the pathogen, completely and totally from existence. In China the CP employs the “Zero-Tolerance” policy using a combination of invasive technology, continuous testing and data-driven lockdowns and quarantines,  not to mention strict border controls leading to what has been thus far a good track record of keeping infections out of the country. But with a recent outbreak due to Delta, a number of prominent economists noted that the burden of the heavy costs of this 24X7 zero-tolerance operation are placed on the shoulders of the local municipalities—many of them of which ascended financially into the red.  While America employs the use ...

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