Netizens are invited to join the countdown to Thailand’s reopening promised by PM Prayuth

A 2020 file photo of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. Photo: Prayuth Chan-o-cha / Facebook
A 2020 file photo of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. Photo: Prayuth Chan-o-cha / Facebook

Log on, sit back, watch the clock tick down.

After Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to reopen the country and vaccinate at least 50 million people in 120 days, a Thai developer has seized the opportunity to troll like a pro. 

Dubbed Thailand Grand Opening, a website was launched on Thursday to count down the remaining time, second by second, before Prayuth’s promise is supposed to come to fruition. 

Prayuth, who’s come in for withering criticism due to the problem-plagued vaccine rollout, cited broad economic pain Wednesday night for insisting that the nation “fully reopen” within 120 days.

“The time has now come for us to look ahead and set a date for when we can fully open our country and start receiving visitors because reopening the country is one of the important ways to start reducing the enormous suffering of people who have lost their ability to earn an income,” Prayuth said in his address. 

“I am, therefore, setting a goal for us to be able to declare Thailand fully open within 120 days from today, and for the tourism centers which are ready to do so even faster.”

Despite notable hiccups including vaccine delays due to supply shortfalls, Prayuth sounded a hopeful note. By the projection set in his goal, about 50 million people will have received at least a first shot of a vaccine by mid-October. So far, only 5 million people have been inoculated with at least one dose. Only 1.8 million people – 2.6% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 task force said this week.

Anyways, have a happy countdown, everyone.

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