WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is set to get another fresh five-year term on Tuesday as no other candidate from the U.N. health agency’s member countries has opposed his bid for a second term.
Tedros, a former government minister from Ethiopia, has successfully directed the World Health Organization’s global response to COVID-19.
He is also considered the first African to lead the agency and the only director-general not qualified as a medical doctor.
Sources said among the missteps of Tedros is the U.N. health agency’s failure to call out countries, including China, for blunders that WHO officials grumbled about privately, advised against mask-wearing for months, and said initially that the coronavirus wasn’t likely to mutate rapidly.
Javier Guzman, director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development in Washington, despite some shortcomings, some countries are not ready to replace Tedros yet.
“There have been some mishaps, but Tedros has also been a steady voice throughout the pandemic, advocating for an equitable response,” Guzman said.