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Infighting in Thai ruling coalition over weak Covid-19 response

A rally near Government House to demand the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok on July 18, 2021. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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BANGKOK - A rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak usually tames street protests, but the Thai government's bungled attempts at securing and allocating vaccines have instead triggered demonstrations.

Even groups that have long supported Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have slammed his government for its policy flip-flops. The latest: It decided to join the global Covax vaccine-sharing scheme this week, after insisting for months that it did not need to.

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