COVID-19: Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala gets WHO appointment

Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed by the World HHealth Organization, WHO as its Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the initiative.

COVID-19: Okonjo-Iweala gets WHO appointment

The announcement was made on Saturday, April 25, 2020 by the Director-General of the organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva.

“I would especially like to thank Sir Andrew Witty and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for agreeing to act as Special Envoys for the ACT Accelerator,” Ghebreyesus said in his remarks.

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The initiative is an international collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equitable distribution of COVID-18 drugs, tests kits, and vaccines around the world.

This is the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo-Iweala in less than two months.

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