Then There Were 5

It’s Director-General selection season at WHO. The organization’s Executive Board made the first cut today, trimming the 6 candidates down to 5. The bad news fell to Miklós Szócska, 56, the former health minister from Hungary.  
Tomorrow, the Exec Board interviews the remaining 5 candidates. Then 3 finalists will be named in the evening (Geneva time). That’s when the real horse race begins with the candidates conducting a full-on, global campaign until the World Health Assembly votes on the final candidate in May. STAT’s Helen Branswell provides an excellent insider’s guide to the selection process. (Spoiler alert: It’s an opaque process. Example: The Exec Board interviews are held behind closed doors.)
What should the next DG do? STAT’s on it again with Ed Whiting’s piece on what the next DG needs to do to reinforce WHO’s credibility following the much-criticized Ebola response.

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