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(COVID-19): I have received death threats because I am black – WHO Director

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


(COVID-19): I have received death threats because I am black – WHO Director

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of World Health Organisation (WHO), says he doesn’t give a damn being called black or negro because he proud of who he is.

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“I can tell you personal attacks that have been going on for more than two, three months. Abuses, or racist comments, giving me names, black or Negro. I’m proud of being black, proud of being Negro,” he told reporters on a conference call from the organization’s Geneva headquarters on Wednesday.

“I don’t care, to be honest … even death threats. I don’t give a damn,” an upset Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added.


It could be recalled that he called out two French doctors for making comments he considered racist on a Television show on where the vaccine for Covid -19 should be tested.


His statement has caused a lot of disaffection from the whites and are even calling for his resignation gathers.


“When the whole black community or Africa is insulted, I won’t tolerate. I say people are crossing the line. Even death threats I didn’t care, I didn’t even respond but when it is personal or as a community people start to insults us, that’s enough…we can’t tolerate that,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus charged.



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