Women have been delivering the bulk of frontline healthcare around the world for years. /Petros Karadjias/AP

Women have been delivering the bulk of frontline healthcare around the world for years. /Petros Karadjias/AP

Women’s role in the pandemic – as leaders, front-line health workers, parents, carers – has been acknowledged and applauded throughout the past 12 months.

Their efforts on the COVID-19 front line have been recognized by Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Program.

Last week, Ryan shared the health body’s COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response plan for 2021.

Waving the WHO’s booklet to accompany the drive, he said: “There are four very special people on the front [cover], four health workers on

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