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Okonjo-Iweala Appointed As WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy

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The World Health Organization has appointed former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) accelerator.

Okonjo-Iweala Appointed As WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy
Okonjo-Iweala Appointed As COVID-19 Special Envoy

She was appointed alongside GlaslxoSmithKline CEO, Andrew Witty.

They are expected to mobilise international commitment to the initiative.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general of the organisation, announced the appointments during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva.

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.

NAN reports that this is the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo-Iweala in less than two months.

On March 7, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa appointed her a member of the country’s Economic Advisory Council.

The council advises the president and government on the development and implementation of economic policies toward advancing inclusive growth.

A month later on April 10, Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), named Okonjo-Iweala a member of tbe fund’s external advisory council.

The group comprises individuals from around the world who will serve as Georgieva’s special advisers.

Okonjo-Iweala is one of the four special envoys appointed by the African Union (AU) on April 12 to mobilise international support for its efforts toward addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

The AU special envoys are charged with soliciting the support of the G20, the European Union and other international financial institutions for the organisation’s response.

Okonjo-Iweala is an economist and development expert, who has served as managing director of the World Bank.

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