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New WHO chief pledges to expand network to stem disease outbreaks

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7400.1166-g (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1166
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    The election of Jong Wook Lee, 57, of South Korea to succeed Norway's Gro Harlem Brundtland as director general of the World Health Organization was formally endorsed at its annual assembly in Geneva last week.

    In his acceptance speech to the assembly of 192 member states, Dr Lee said his first task would be to boost WHO's global outbreak alert and response network, which has played a key role in identifying and responding to outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

    Dr Lee, who recently visited China to see how the …

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