Tedros Ghebreyesus Secures Second Term as WHO Chief

- 28 January 2022 08:16 WIB
Tedros was Ethiopia's former minister of health and global affairs. (Unsplash/Markus Winkler)
Tedros was Ethiopia's former minister of health and global affairs. (Unsplash/Markus Winkler)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, is in a very comfortable spot to be re-elected after a procedural vote on Tuesday, January 25 made him the sole candidate for the leadership election.

After the WHO's executive board approved his nomination, the first African leader of the UN health organization said he was "very grateful for the renewed support," CAN reported on Tuesday (January 25, 2022).

"I am actually lost for words," Tedros said after nearly all of the board's 34 members from countries around the world, expressed support for him. There are only three countries, Tonga, Afghanistan, and East Timor, which did not vote.

Tedros, who was the former Ethiopian minister of health and foreign affairs, is expected to be re-elected when all 194 WHO member states cast their ballots for the procedural vote.

As one of the most recognizable figures of the global fight against COVID-19, Dr. Ghebreyesus acknowledged that his first five-year term had been "challenging and difficult", and said it was a "great honor" to be given the opportunity to continue the battle.

Due to his efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Tedros received a lot of support and appreciation from fellow WHO colleagues.

"We appreciate not only your leadership during this period, but also your humanity and your compassion," South Korean representative Kim Ganglip said, speaking for WHO's Western Pacific region countries.

Moreover, African nations have been pleased with the attention paid to the continent and at Dr. Ghebreyesus' relentless campaign for poorer nations to receive a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.

Editor: Djauhari Effendi

Source: Channel News Asia

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