Final 3 WHO DG Candidates Discuss Qualifications During Press Briefing

NPR: Finalists For Top WHO Spot Say Why They’d Be Good At The Job
“The World Health Organization’s next director general will inherit an ailing institution with funding problems — and a bad reputation for how it’s handled global health emergencies. The three finalists for the top spot are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, David Nabarro, and Sania Nishtar. WHO’s Executive Board selected them [Wednesday] from a group of six candidates. On Thursday, they introduced themselves in a press briefing from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. … Here’s a brief snapshot of what each finalist had to say…” (Gharib, 1/26).

ScienceInsider: Meet the three people who hope to lead WHO in the Trump era
“…From now until the election in May, the [candidates] and their countries will campaign in the media and lobby furiously behind the scenes to get as many of WHO’s 194 member states as possible on their side. The outcome will depend in part on what happens on the international stage in the months ahead, says Ilona Kickbusch, an independent global health consultant based in Brienz, Switzerland. What influence will Brexit negotiations have on European support for U.K. candidate Nabarro? If U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May draws closer to U.S. President Donald Trump, will that hurt Nabarro’s chances? Which candidate will be able to convince member states to give WHO more money, not less? ‘This is the first time that world politics will play such a big role’ in WHO’s election, Kickbusch says…” (Kupferschmidt, 1/26).

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