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Anutin Charnvirakul, man in firing line for Thailand’s COVID crisis


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Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Bangkok on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

 

By Thai PBS World’s General Desk

 

Tycoon-turned-politician Anutin Charnvirakul may arguably be Thailand’s most-hated public health minister by now. But to be fair, his predecessors never had to tackle the world’s worst virus crisis in more than a century.

 

Heading Bhumjaithai Party whose key election pledge was to legalise medical marijuana, Anutin took up the health portfolio in July 2019. But while his cannabis push has progressed well, Anutin’s campaign against the COVID-19 outbreak that emerged in early 2020 has been hit with repeated criticism and controversy.

 

COVID-19 situation

As soon as COVID-19 hit Thailand, Anutin became a target of fierce criticism. To many, he is guilty of undermining anti-virus measures by sending confusing messages. Some of his comments were rash and had to be followed by clarifications or retractions. In other cases, the public criticised him for being too slow, especially in implementing the 14-day mandatory quarantine that protected Thailand from the pandemic overseas.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/anutin-charnvirakul-man-in-firing-line-for-thailands-covid-crisis/

 

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18 minutes ago, internationalism said:

The PM went even further, by defending the transport minister cristal club visits and threatening media not to publice anything about ministers and civil servants.

They are answerable to no-one, and completely entrenched.

 

19 minutes ago, internationalism said:

both him, and the prime minister, just holed up when the 3rd wave stroke.

The PM went even further, by defending the transport minister cristal club visits and threatening media not to publice anything about ministers and civil servants.

It was the PM who was making all major health policies, not anutin. 

To sail through the incoming crisis after songkran, Anutin tried to publicly blame prayuth - instead he was completely moved aside and prayuth nominated himself the guru.

Now at the helm is a thicko with 68k grey cells, who can't read properly names of vaccines, yet it's exactly him who is deciding which one to buy.

Doesn't look bright for thailand, going deeper into dark feudal ages.

The third wave will last till autumn, with the african and after the indian mutations riding through thai towns, with tens dead every day 

 

 

 

Looks like it is shaping up to be the perfect storm. 

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It will be the first head that starts rolling.. the beginning of the end for this Government. And put them in dungeons with water and bread

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Given that the pm has both emasculated dpm anutin, and taken over his power at the MoPH, not much he can do.

 

Falling on the sword just isn't done here.

 

He'll muddle along, probably show up again in some government in 10 years.

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He should have locked down Bangkok at the beginning of the month and banned Songkran, then this third wave wouldn't have happened.

 

I am worried there might be a fourth wave because they banned non-Thai from India one week too late.

 

There were some infected Indians who were in quarantine and the virus might have slipped through the quarantine center (it's not 100% foolproof).

 

They were too laxed during the 3rd wave.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, bluesofa said:

How long is the queue to pull the trigger?

About 27km if social distancing is applied or 500 metres Thai style. 😇

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3 hours ago, EricTh said:

He should have locked down Bangkok at the beginning of the month and banned Songkran, then this third wave wouldn't have happened.

 

I am worried there might be a fourth wave because they banned non-Thai from India one week too late.

 

There were some infected Indians who were in quarantine and the virus might have slipped through the quarantine center (it's not 100% foolproof).

 

They were too laxed during the 3rd wave.

 

 

 

Should have, would have, could have...

 

Spilt milk syndrome.

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2 hours ago, Neeranam said:

Chia Kok Min(head of CP group) is the one who should be getting the blame. 

 

While tiptoeing around any defamatory remarks, why?

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Just now, hotchilli said:

As leader of the Bhumjaithai party he was in favour with Prayut who needed the support, in return he got the pick of health minister so he could push through his own agenda of the marijuana programme, no-doubt making a nice earner on the side.

The mishandling of the Covid affair was inevitable as he had no experience in the health field, neither has his boss who has stuck to his idea of only allowing a favoured company to produce the bulk of vaccines for Thailand and has been caught out with a third wave...

Both should be kicked out for blatant self interests over the peoples welfare.

You give them too much credit. These muppets only do what the puppet master tells them to do.

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13 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Currently, the US is at well over 50% of people with at least one jab, for those over 18 years old, and at over 80% for those over 65. Thailand is at just over 1%. What can one even say?

Thailand and the US are totally different, thank Buddha. 

How many died from covid in the US? 

His many died in Thailand? 

 

This fact alone explains the diffirence 

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5 hours ago, EricTh said:

He should have locked down Bangkok at the beginning of the month and banned Songkran, then this third wave wouldn't have happened.

 

I am worried there might be a fourth wave because they banned non-Thai from India one week too late.

 

There were some infected Indians who were in quarantine and the virus might have slipped through the quarantine center (it's not 100% foolproof).

 

They were too laxed during the 3rd wave.

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry Eric Th but I was going to correct you on your claim that the Indian strain was going to be the 4th wave as I saw somewhere earlier today that the South African strain was in Malaysia just waiting to cross the border into Thailand but whilst I was searching for the link to that I found a link on Thaiger that the 1st case of Indian strain has now been found in Malaysia. 2 things could happen here and that is the Indian strain does battle with the South African strain and they kill each other off or they join forces into a super virus before they invade Thailand together.

https://thethaiger.com/news/regional/malaysia-en/first-case-of-indian-covid-19-variant-found-in-malaysia

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