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Despite facing criticism on handling the COVID19 situation, Tedros to continue as WHO chief

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

The U.N. agency World Health Organisation (WHO) had made a statement on the next WHO chief. WHO announced that the member states proposed only one candidate.

Earlier, WHO sent an invite to send the proposals for a candidate to occupy the post of Director-General. The appointment will take place in May 2022.

Since the appointment of the Director-General can be conducted twice, Dr. Tedros can be appointed as the next Director-General for the U.N. body. The 56-year old Ethiopian will continue as Director-General for the second term.

Earlier, WHO was severely criticised under his leadership for the way it handled the COVID19 pandemic. The U.S. president, Donald Trump, called WHO as China's puppet and started pulling out the U.S. from the WHO. Further, in January 2020, Dr. Tedros praised the Xi Jinping government for the way they contained the virus. He was accused of being soft on China.

Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health.


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