Week­end brief­ings to get a new face

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - MONGKOL BANGPRAPA

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].”

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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.

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