Renowned virologist Peter Piot honoured by WHO

Belgian virologist Peter Piot will be honoured by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday for his “lifelong dedication to health”, the WHO confirmed on Thursday.

Piot and Congolese professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum will both receive a Global Leaders Award. The two men were closely involved in the discovery of the Ebola virus in the 1970s. “These outstanding individuals embody lifelong dedication, relentless advocacy, a commitment to equity and selfless service of humanity and people’s health,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement.

“In a time of multiple emergencies, health crises and conflict, we recognise that leadership in public health and science are more important than ever to advance global health. Our awardees today personify that passion.”

Piot was born in Leuven and studied at Ghent University and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. He was awarded the title of Baron in 1995 by King Albert. The prizes will be presented during the opening of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva on 21 May.



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