China’s Top Official on Bird Flu Nominated as W.H.O. Chief – Reuters

From Reuters, news that Margaret Chan has been named head of the , making her the first Chinese person to head a U.N. agency:

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday nominated China’s Margaret Chan, its top official on , as its new chief as it gears up for a feared flu pandemic and battles global scourges such as AIDS.

Chan, 59, will become the first person from China to head a major U.N. agency. A former director of Hong Kong’s department of health, her career has been focused on public health.

With Beijing campaigning hard, she had been the front-runner to replace South Korea’s Lee Jong-wook who died suddenly in May from a blood clot in the brain, three years into his five-year term as director-general. [Full text]

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