Dr. Leachon quits as adviser of COVID pandemic task force due to differences with DOH



Filipino physician Tony Leachon has resigned  as an adviser of the government’s pandemic task force, which formulates policies on the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Twitter, Leachon said he would no longer fulfill his role as adviser of the government’s inter-agency task force on emerging and infectious diseases (IATF) starting Wednesday.

“It’s with deepest regret that I announce that I am not anymore the Special Adviser of [the] National Adviser-COVID-19 effective today,” Leachon said in a tweet.

“I have my full respect for Sec. Charlie Galvez and we will remain as good friends,” Leachon said, referring to COVID-19 policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez.

Leachon said he had “lots of good memories” but had to “move on.”

Leachon is a Filipino physician, leader, preventive health education and health reform advocate./Stacy Ang

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