Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (born 3 March 1965) is an Ethiopian politician, academic, and public-health authority as well as director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2017. He served in the Government of Ethiopia as Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016.
- Tobacco not only wrecks health and health systems; it’s a drain on economies and the environment. [...] We must strengthen our efforts and scale up our actions while facing increasing interference from the tobacco industry. We are all familiar with the catalogue of deception, lies and half-truths in which tobacco industry specializes.
- Speech at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 7 March 2018.
- We (WHO) are working 24/7 to support China and its people during this difficult time (COVID-19 pandemic) and remain in close contact with affected countries, with our regional and country offices deeply involved. WHO is updating all countries on the situation and providing specific guidance on what to do to respond.
- Tedros Adhanom (2020) cited in "WHO chief arrives in China for talks on coronavirus crisis as death toll jumps" on South China Morning Post, 27 January 2020.
- In the last few days the progress of the (COVID-19) virus, especially in some countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us (WHO). Although the numbers outside China are still relatively small, they hold the potential for a much larger outbreak.
- Tedros Adhanom (2020) cited in "Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region" on BBC News, 30 January 2020.
- The main reason for this (global emergency) declaration (of COVID-19) is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries. Our (WHO) greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems.
- Tedros Adhanom (2020) cited in "China virus death toll rises to at least 212 as WHO declares global emergency" on The Star Online, 31 January 2020.