Weekend briefings to get a new face
The face of the fight against the coronavirus is to step aside from his podium at weekends so his aide can face the media.
Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Centre for Covid19 Situation Administration (CCSA), yesterday introduced his assistant during his regular press briefing on the situation.
Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul was handpicked for the job by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to reduce the CCSA spokesman’s workload. Dr Panprapa is an adviser to Mr Anutin and was Miss Thailand in 2008.
“From now, I will meet you every Saturday and Sunday to update you on the Covid-19 situation,” she told reporters.
Dr Taweesilp has briefed the media seven days a week since he was appointed spokesman on March 26.
He said the team was more than himself and Dr Panprapa. Many others worked behind the scenes to collate information, day in and day out, with four meetings every day.
Commentators on the CCSA Facebook page reacted immediately to the news. “No replacement, please.
I want to see Dr Wee brief us every day,” one said.
However, the CCSA spokesman said the daily messages were more important than the faces delivering them.
“What matters is the information that audiences take from it and use in their daily lives to bring about Thailand’s success [in fighting the virus].”
Panprapa ‘Doctor Bum’ Yongtrakul introduces herself as an assistant spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) after being appointed to help the centre provide updates on the coronavirus situation for people at weekends. A graduate of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, she used to be a TV news anchor and currently works as an adviser to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.