Thai Public Health Minister appointed Southeast Asia Chair of World Health Organization Regional Committee


Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has been named the chair of the World Health Organization’s Regional Committee for South-East Asia according to a statement made by him this afternoon in a press conference.

Mr. Anutin told the Thai press today that fourteen member countries had nominated him to the one-year-term post partly because Thailand effectively controlled the Covid-19 coronavirus disease. It was not clear exactly when the nomination vote took place.

Mr. Anutin, who although popular with many Thai Nationals has a somewhat negative reputation with foreigners due to allegedly controversial comments made in the past, said the Committee would be having a first meeting on September 10.

This meeting would discuss Covid-19 developments in the region and share best practices. Anutin stated that a top goal was for member countries to resume travel at least between member nations by improving the Covid-19 situation in Southeast Asia.

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