The first African leader of WHO says he is ‘very grateful’ for the support after secret ballot approves nomination. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is all but guaranteed a second term after a procedural vote made him the sole nominee for a leadership election in May. African countries have been pleased with the attention paid to the continent and at his relentless campaign for poorer nations to receive a fair share of COVID-19 vaccines. Despite Addis Ababa blocking the African Union from unanimously presenting Tedros as its nominee before Tuesday’s vote, several African countries figured among the 28 mainly European nations that officially put his name forward. “The pandemic has highlighted the challenges we face; that the world was not prepared,” he said during a two-hour hearing before Tuesday’s vote.
Source: Ethiopian News January 25, 2022 16:52 UTC