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Trump out, WHO boss looks to re-unite with the US

It’s time for the world to heal from the pandemic

BY B N KUMAR

We need to reimagine leadership, built on mutual trust and mutual accountability, Dr Tedros said.

MUMBAI, Nov 9 (BNC Network) Stressing that it’s time for the world to heal, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, the WHO Director General, sought to build bridges with the new leadership in the US.

“It’s time for the world to heal – from the ravages of this pandemic, and the geopolitical divisions that only drive us further into the chasm of an unhealthier, un-safer and unfairer future,” Dr Tedros said in his opening remarks at the 73rd World Health Assembly.

Observers see this as a strong, indirect pun at the way Donald Trump handled the pandemic communication.

The global health forum boss congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and said “we look forward to working with their administration very closely”.

He said: “We need to reimagine leadership, built on mutual trust and mutual accountability – to end the pandemic and address the fundamental inequalities that lie at the root of so many of the world’s problems.”

In apparent reference to Trump blocking fund flow to the WHO during the pandemic crisis, Dr Tedors said: “We need to reimagine investments in our shared future, by allocating and aligning resources with our shared priorities.”

In yet another significant statement he said: “And we need to reimagine partnership, tear down our siloes and see our own efforts as connected to something bigger.”

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