|Statement from Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director of the National
Institutes of Health, on the Death of Dr. Lee Jong-wook, WHO Director-General
Today we have lost a leader in the fight against global diseases. Dr. Lee has
been the positive force needed to draw the attention of the world and its leaders
to emerging threats such as pandemic flu, as well as to the global public health
challenges of our times, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
I have known him as a friend and colleague with a genuine passion for his work
and compassion for all humanity. This is a tragic loss for all of us. On behalf
of all the staff at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, I express my deepest
sympathy to Dr. Lee’s family and the staff of WHO.
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
National Institutes of Health
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