WHO’s Cooke To Take Lead At EMA
Expected To Rejoin European Agency As Executive Director
Currently serving at the WHO, Emer Cooke is set to return to the EMA later this year in the role of executive director. She will have to tackle challenges posed by Brexit, COVID-19 and recent agency restructuring.
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