Tedros Adhanom to seek second term as WHO top chief: reports

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus /Photo by James Chau
The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus /Photo by James Chau

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will seek a second term in office, Reuters reports citing an unnamed source.

The 56-year-old Ethiopian has served as the head of the U.N. health agency since 2017, and is the first African to hold the position.

When he took the position in 2017, he pledged to make universal health care coverage his priority.

He has often urged governments to implement this, despite the world taking a battering by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

The world is suffering from the pandemic for a second straight year, though optimism remain high that the disease will be defeated.

No other candidates have thrown their names into the hat this point to challenge Tedros.

WHO’s 194 member states have until September to propose candidates in sealed envelopes to the Governing Board chair.

Reuters notes that Tedros expects to receive massive support from his home continent in his quest for a new five-year mandate.

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