Pandemic Treaty Proposal to go before WHO Member States this Week

Source Health Policy

The draft of a landmark resolution to establish a global “Pandemic Treaty” will be put to World Health Organization (WHO) member states this week in preparation for the World Health Assembly beginning 24 May,  Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Assistant Director-General Emergency Preparedness, told a panel in Geneva Monday.

The proposal for the Pandemic Treaty – which aims to tighten global rules around disease outbreak response so that countries react rapidly and more transparently, was first tabled by WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in January.  It has garnered the support of some 25 global leaders ranging from President of the European Council Charles Michel, to Germany’s Angela Merkel, Prime Minister JV Bainimarama of Fiji; UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The concept has met with resistance in some quarters, as well – notably the United States has not yet signed onto the idea. And some civil society voices have said that absent of political will, a treaty would not necessarily have more clout than existing International Health Regulations governing emergencies.

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