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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus waves while wearing a face mask

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the only candidate who will run for WHO director-general in May.Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Tedros will lead the WHO into second term

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), is all but ensured to lead the organization for a second term. He is the only candidate expected to be nominated by the WHO’s executive board on 25 January. The organization’s first leader from Africa, Tedros quickly made his mark by creating the WHO’s first science division, and by expanding its programme to respond to infectious-disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. Despite criticism of the WHO, no country has nominated an alternative — hinting at support for Tedros’s pandemic leadership, a desire for stability and perhaps a dearth of candidates eager to take on his heavy mantle.

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