Media Outlets Continue To Cover WHO DG Campaign As Agency Prepares To Hold Election Next Week
New York Times: Candidate to Lead the WHO Accused of Covering Up Epidemics
“A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister … The accusation against Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was made by [Lawrence O. Gostin, the director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University,] who is also an informal adviser to Dr. David Nabarro, a rival candidate in the race for WHO director general. … Dr. Tedros … denied the cover-up accusation … Dr. Nabarro, reached by telephone on Saturday in China, said he knew of the accusations … but he insisted that he had not authorized their release…” (McNeil, 5/13).
VOA News: WHO to Vote for New Director-General; David Nabarro Wants the Job
“Dr. David Nabarro says he wants to rid the world of two diseases that are close to being eradicated: polio and guinea worm. … ‘The last part of eradicating any disease is always the hardest part,’ Nabarro said during a visit to VOA. ‘If you don’t do it, you lose everything. To do it, you’ve got to really bring all the energy and commitment you can to bear.’ … This is the first time candidates will be elected to become director general of WHO by member nations” (Pearson, 5/14).