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COVID-19: Former Finance Minister, Okonjo-Iweala gets major appointment

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Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that she is to serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilize international commitment to the initiative.

Director-General of the organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the announcement 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.

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

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

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