Authorities in Germany and France reported Friday that they, along with other European Union nations, have nominated Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for a second term at the helm of the World Health Organization.
Tedros has been at the helm of WHO since 2017, and his tenure has been marked by the 19 months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.
He had previously served as Ethiopia’s minister of health and chancellor.
A diplomatic official in Geneva, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to do so publicly, said 15 other European countries had endorsed Tedros’ nomination.
The WHO came under withering criticism from the administration of then-U.S. President Donald Trump, which accused Tedros of making serious mistakes in the response to COVID-19.
The Trump Administration, whose handling of the pandemic was characterized by negligence, ignorance of what the science said and a reaction that has been labeled irresponsible, was marked by a grave attack on multilateralism.