Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

  • Thailand

    Thailand ramps up airport checks for Ebola

    The Thai government reported it has put its airports on red alert after a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa. Deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul acknowledged Thailand is aware of the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus discovered in Uganda last month and made known steps are being taken to monitor passengers passing through customs from Africa to…

  • Thailand

    Pro vaping group calls on govt to legalise e-cigarettes

    The director of a pro-e-cigarette group in Thailand believes legalizing the activity would not only lead to more control over vaping amongst the kingdom’s youth but make it safer than the dreaded cancer stick. A survey conducted by the National Statistical Office of Thailand last year found more than half of the kingdom’s 80,000 e-cigarette smokers were people aged between…

  • Cannabis News

    Thai govt open to cannabis recreation, not pot-smoking tourists

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister made contradictory statements yesterday regarding the recreational use of cannabis. In one statement Anutin Charnvirakul said he was open to the further liberalisation of the drug and in another, he said pot-smoking tourists are not welcome in Thailand. “We don’t welcome those kinds of tourists,” said The 55 year old Bhumjaithai Party leader at a “Meet…

  • Coronavirus Vaccines

    3 Covid-19 drug smugglers face 5 years in Thailand jail

    Three smugglers face a five year prison sentence after trafficking 10 million baht worth of Covid-19 drugs into Thailand. The two women and one man were seized as part of a police sting for allegedly smuggling Favipiravir, Molnupiravir, and Remdesivir drugs from India. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reported that police officers confiscated about 80,000 pills from the suspects who…

  • Thailand

    Anutin says suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand were herpes

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin announced yesterday that suspected monkeypox cases in Thailand turned out to be herpes. The suspected cases were from travellers coming from countries where monkeypox cases have been reported. Anutin said there are so far no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Thailand. Some of the herpes viruses can also present with similar symptoms, including the lesions…

  • Thailand

    Public Health Ministry assures government will continue to cover covid treatment costs — for critical cases

    Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul assured Thai citizens that their Covid-related costs will continue to be covered after planned changes to the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients scheme — or UCEP — takes effect in March. He also dispelled rumours that the existing scheme would be abandoned altogether, reaffirming that citizens infected with…

  • Politics

    Ready and willing: Anutin says he’s prepared to be next PM and lead Thailand

    Thailand’s somewhat controversial health minister, Anutin Charvirakul, says he’s ready to lead the country and become the next PM. According to an ASEAN NOW report, Anutin was addressing a gathering of his Bhumjaithai Party in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat. His comments have been picked up by the Thai media, with Sanook posting a photo…

  • Video

    Thailand News Today | Omicron to dominate, Soapy massage parlor for sale! | Dec 8

    Prayut Chan-o-cha was responding to fears from business owners that another lockdown could be imposed during peak season. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has reiterated the importance of vaccination in order to boost immunity against the variant. Authorities have warned that particulate matter in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand will reach an unhealthy stage this week. The Bangkok Municipal…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Contrary to Anutin, US says delivery of vaccines awaits Thailand

    In a meeting with Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, founder of the new Thai Sang Thai Party, US Senator Tammy Duckworth stated that she is pushing for more vaccine donations from the US to Thailand, but that Thailand has yet to collect 1 million Pfizer vaccines waiting for them now. The conversation took place in Washington DC on Wednesday. Duckworth was born in Thailand and…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Anutin: US donation offer of 1 million vaccines never received

    Apparently citing chain of command technicalities, Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul denied a report that Thailand didn’t respond to the US offering a donation of 1 million free Pfizer vaccines. He said no official formal notice of an offer to donate vaccines was received by his ministry. Anutin explained that the chain of command for vaccine donations involves the…

  • Hua Hin

    Final arguments Tuesday on dual pricing suit against Health Ministry

    Courts are preparing to hear final arguments on Tuesday in a case that a Dutchman has been fighting for several years to end the dual pricing system many foreigners experience at hospitals in Thailand. The anti-discrimination suit was filed two years ago by Erwin Buse, after being routinely charged extra fees for his cancer treatment at Hua Hin Hospital. The…

  • Thailand

    Public Health Ministry defends October 1 reopening

    It’s been nearly an hour since The Thaiger has published an article on the potential/definite/impossible reopening of Thailand and it’s various provinces, so it’s time for an update. The Public Health Ministry has responded to criticism that the reopening of Bangkok and 4 other provinces on October 1 is premature and ill-advised. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul responded to charges…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Booster for those with 2 Sinovac vaccines coming by October

    Those already vaccinated in Thailand may be getting a shot in the arm by next month or even sooner, as Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul declared that booster shot administering will begin imminently for those who received 2 Sinovac vaccines already. He stressed that the actual timing will be up to the Disease Control Department but predicted it will be…

  • Politics

    Anutin speaks in defence of handling of Covid-19 and vaccines

    On the first day of the 4 day censure debate where multiple cabinet members as well as PM Prayut Chan-o-cha are facing a vote of no-confidence, Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul spoke in the evening in defence of himself and in praise of the government’s competent handling of the Covid-19 crisis. The minister walked through the Covid-19 crisis and…

  • Politics

    4-day no-confidence debate for PM Prayut set for August 31

    Dates have now been set for in-depth debate over the move to censure PM Prayut Chan-o-cha as opposition moves for a vote of no-confidence. The debates are now set to begin on August 31 and continue over the course of 4 days, ending September 3 and will then be followed by a vote on September 4. The decision came from…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Purchase of 8.5 million Chinese antigen test kits paused again

    Like many things regarding Covid-19, or Thai policy in general, the saga of importing controversial antigen test kits has reversed directions yet again. Following an order last week to proceed with the purchase of 8.5 million Chinese-made antigen test kits, the cabinet has now withdrawn the purchase approval. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha supported the cabinet decision to withdraw the deal to…

  • Thailand

    Dr Tossaporn Serirak demands full disclosure over Pfizer distribution

    Dr Tossaporn Serirak, the former Pheu Thai Party MP, is demanding the government provide a full disclosure regarding the distribution of the 1.5 million doses of Pfizer that the United States donated to Thailand. The former MP, who says he represents the “people’s sector”, delivered a petition this morning to Public Health Minister, and man deprived of credit for vaccines…

  • Thailand

    Thais thank US President Joe Biden for vaccine donation

    Thai nationals are praising US president, Joseph Robinette Biden, for donating vaccines to the Land of Smiles after a sign praised Thailand’s Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, for providing vaccines. Social media was abuzz with praise for the man that hails from The Office’s Scranton, PA. One person had a sign that read, “Mr Joe Biden, president of the United States…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Health Minister says Bang Sue not crowded, blames “camera angles”

    Health minister, and TikTok star hopeful, Anutin Charnvirakul wants to reassure the public that images of crowds of people packing into Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station might be deceptive. Anutin says that viewers might be deceived by “camera angles or whatever” that give the viewer the false impression that there are large crowds at the station. Yesterday, Anutin said he…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    June letter warned only 3 million AstraZeneca vaccines per month

    AstraZeneca now looks like it will deliver far less than the original 10 million vaccines announced, but letters newly leaked show the Public Health Ministry was alerted at least a month ago that the actual amount of doses would be far less than that. In a letter dated June 25 to Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, AstraZeneca confirmed with…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Rapid antigen tests to be made available to Bangkok public to relieve pressure on hospitals

    The Public Health Ministry has approved in principle for rapid antigen tests to be made available for the public to purchase from Bangkok clinics and pharmacies. The idea is to relieve the pressure on hospitals struggling to meet an increasing demand for PCR tests as infections rise. According to a Pattaya News report, officials will meet today to confirm the…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Top virologist Yong faces backlash for Covid-19 suggestions

    Dr Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University and Thailand’s top virologist has recently come under fire for missteps in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. A petition on Change.org has garnered about 10,000 signatures calling for his removal from the University Centre as those opposed to his recent actions and suggestions question…