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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's vaccine failures anger Prayuth's business support base

PM reverts to strongman politics, facing corporate and professional discontent

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha holds samples of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine during a ceremony in Bangkok for the arrival of 200,000 doses in February. Thailand is falling behind on promises to produce millions of vaccine doses domestically.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- When the coronavirus threatened to spread across Thailand a year ago, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul shocked the country's doctors by scoffing at warnings and describing the deadly COVID-19 as "a common cold."

Now, the medical profession is striking back.

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