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WHO epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws has a brain tumor

Disease expert who helped fight Covid-19 in Australia has a shock brain tumor

  • prOfessor Mary-Louise McLaws has unfortunately been diagnosed with a brain tumor
  • Leading epidemiologist in Sydney suffered from repeated headaches
  • She confirmed the devastating news on Twitter, much passed on best wishes
  • The professor is employed by WHO for health advice during pandemic










A leading epidemiologist is brain tumor diagnosed after severe headache.

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed the devastating news on Saturday afternoon on Twitter, before announcing that she will be taking a month’s sick leave from her two positions at the World Health Organization and the University of New South Wales.

During the pandemic, Prof McLaws has worked with WHO as a health emergency advisor, playing a key role in the prevention and control of Covid-19.

Leading Sydney epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws has been diagnosed with a brain tumor

Leading Sydney epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws has been diagnosed with a brain tumor

Prof McLaws has also been featured regularly on TV screens for her expert health advice since 2020 and has often called on the government for what it sees as ‘bad handling’ of the pandemic.

In recent weeks, she said the refusal to distribute free rapid antigen tests across Australia was a clear example of why the… the government’s ‘outbreak control has failed’.

A number of media identities, journalists and the general public were quick to pass on their good wishes shortly after Prof. McLaws’ shock announcement.

The project’s host, Carrie Bickmore, tweeted, “Oh Mary-Louise, I’m sorry to hear that. Sending so much love,” while veteran Australian media commentator Mike Carlton called the development “horrible news.”

During the pandemic, Prof McLaws has worked with WHO as a health emergency advisor, playing a key role in the prevention and control of Covid-19

During the pandemic, Prof McLaws has worked with WHO as a health emergency advisor, playing a key role in the prevention and control of Covid-19

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed her devastating diagnosis on Twitter

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed her devastating diagnosis on Twitter

“You have been such a rock of expertise and calm sanity in this pandemic, an asset to our society,” he added.

“I really hope you’re all right.”

Lucy Turnbull, the former mayor of Sydney, said the professor has been a “consistently wise voice during this pandemic.”

The wife of former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull added that McLaws was “far ahead” when it came to discussions about rapid antigen testing.

“I’m sorry to hear this. You have supported so many during this difficult time. Take care of yourself first,” read another Twitter response.

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