Video statement by WHO Director−General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dear journalists

Thursday 31 December, 2020, marks the first anniversary of the first report of a cluster of cases of “pneumonia of unknown cause”, later identified as a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and that led to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To mark this milestone on 31 December, and to look ahead to 2021, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has recorded a video statement downloadable from