Andre is a fully accredited photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has worked all over Southeast Asia and further afield, from Sri Lanka to Mongolia. From 2013-2016 he covered Myanmar exclusively, as the country struggled through the...
Researchers from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infections Disease Health Science Center, catch and study bats during a catch and release program at the Khao Chong Pran Cave in Ratchaburi. The team, led by Dr. Supaporn Wacharapluesadee, have been collecting blood, tissue, saliva and fecal samples from bats in an effort to understand Covid-19.
Delivery people sit in a socially distanced area in Central Pinklao Mall as they wait for food vendors to hand them delivery orders. While malls closed, a system was set up so that food vendors could continue to sell via delivery only.
A referee and coach, wearing face masks and face shields, attempt to revive a KO'd Muay Thai fighter at Rajadamnern Stadium. Matches were televised only, with no live audience and teams had to quarantine for two weeks.
People wait in line to sign up for government cash handouts to help offset job loss due to Covid-19. Gig workers and freelancers had a particularly difficult time, as the system currently in place is not designed to deal with claims from people who aren't employed by a company. This includes taxi and motorbike taxi drivers.
People walk through a "sanitization gate" at EmQuartier Mall. The contraption spritzes people with sanitizer as they walk through. Malls tried to assure patrons that they were safe during the initial wave.
A health worker checks the blood pressure of a woman, after she received the Coronavac Covid-19 vaccine, produced by Sinovac Biotech Ltd. A number of people died of blood clots after being inoculated with this vaccine, but the Thai government decided to continue administering it.
With the typical influx of tourists during Chinese New Year, Thailand was expected to experience a severe outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. However, after an initial rise in cases, Thailand experienced a relatively low number of confirmed cases and few deaths (less than 100) throughout 2020. Widespread mask usage, good hygiene and a robust contact tracing program helped to contain the virus from the start. It wasn't until 2021 that the UK variant made its way into Thailand, and led to a sharp increase in daily cases and deaths. Currently, the Thai government is struggling to administer enough vaccines to help stop the spread and avoid a more severe third wave.