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Diplomats: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus with good chances of re-election

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At least 17 European Union members and countries from other regions support the re-election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as head of the World Health Organization (WHO), diplomats in Geneva said. The current head of WHO also has broad support from African countries, as he fights for their access to vaccines against COVID-19.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has received broad support to run for re-election as head of the World Health Organization (WHO) – at least 17 European Union members and countries from other regions supported him, diplomats in Geneva said on Thursday.

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As the application deadline passed, diplomats said they were unaware of the other names reported, suggesting, Reuters writes, that Tedros will not be met with opposition in the May elections.

Head of WHO Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusReuters

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The current head of WHO also has broad support from African countries, as he fights for their access to vaccines against COVID-19.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – silhouette

Tedros, a former health minister and head of Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, was the first African to be elected director general of the WHO in May 2017 and faced the coronavirus pandemic.

He led a UN agency, exposing himself to attacks for dealing with the crisis caused by the coronavirus, which emerged in China in late 2019 and has killed 4.9 million people to date.

According to the Reuters agency, while President Donald Trump’s administration accused Tedros of “quinocentricity”, which he strongly rejected, his relationship with President Joe Biden was clearly warmer, especially after Tedros advocated further investigations into the origins of the coronavirus, including audits in Chinese laboratories.

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