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World Health Organization’s chief executive has been placed on leave

The World Health Organization’s chief executive has been placed on leave, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday, following allegations of bullying by staff and other complaints. “The Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Takeshi Kasai, is on leave,” a WHO official said in emailed comments, without giving details.
Two WHO sources confirmed that the decision to place Kasai, a doctor from Japan who has worked at the body for more than 15 years, on administrative leave was related to an ongoing investigation into various staff complaints. Kasai was not immediately available for comment. An email sent to the WHO Western Pacific office in Manila was forwarded to headquarters in Geneva.
The Associated Press reported in January that the complaints included accusations of racist language and sharing confidential vaccine data with Japan. Kasai, who became WHO regional director in February 2019, previously admitted to being “tough on staff” but denied other allegations. He is temporarily being replaced by the number 2 UN health agency, Zsuzsanna Jakab, added the WHO representative.
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