Profession: Head of the World Health Organisation
Biography: In 2017 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected Director-General of the World Health Organization. As head of the WHO during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic he has played a major global role providing countries with advice and aid to fight the virus.
As a health scholar with several international degrees in health science and immunology, Ghebreyesus served as the Minister of Health for the Ethiopian government (2005-12). He also held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-16).
- 2020-03-11 COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths
- 2020-07-27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced
- 2020-09-21 WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus says countries representing 2/3 of the world's population have joined its COVAX vaccine-distribution initiative to deliver 2 billion doses by end 2021
- 2021-06-25 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly
- 2021-10-06 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommends world's first Malaria vaccine (Mosquirix) for children after a pilot program was effective in Africa
- COVID-19 Delta variant has potential to make ‘epidemic curve exponentially’ - United Nations
- WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk - WHO