Important WHO leaders, including Agnès Buzyn, are leaving the organization – Science et Avenir

The two top leaders of the fight against Covid-19 within the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as former French health minister Agnès Buzyn, will leave their functions at the WHO next week, according to a letter from the head of the organization read by AFP on Tuesday.

Indian pediatrician and clinician Soumya Swaminathan is stepping down as Chief Scientist at WHO, and Brazilian Mariangela Simao is stepping down as Deputy Director General for Access to Medicines.

They were among senior UN health agency officials who led the global effort to coordinate the response to the pandemic.

Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn, presidential spokesman for multilateral affairs, and former UK secretary Jane Ellison, executive director for external relations and governance, will also leave the organization.

The departure was announced in a letter to colleagues of WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as part of a reshuffle in his leadership team after he was re-elected for a second five-year term in May.

“I would like to express my gratitude and respect to the members of my leadership team, whose terms of office expire on November 30,” Mr. Tedros said in his letter.

Information about new appointments has not yet been received.

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