Pandemic Treaty Proposal Inches Forward

Representatives to the World Health Assembly will likely commit today to holding talks late this year on a proposed international treaty on pandemic preparedness. The special ministerial session could pave the way for negotiations on a treaty that would ensure “countries’ political commitment to fighting outbreaks of new or particularly dangerous diseases,” Reuters reports.
 
The push for a pandemic treaty follows China’s delayed notification of the first COVID-19 cases in 2019.
 
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signaled his support the treaty by saying said countries hadn’t lived up to requirements for announcing disease outbreaks under the existing International Health Regulations.
 
The Quote: “We can only address that fundamental weakness with a binding commitment between nations to provide a solid foundation for enhanced cooperation,” Tedros said. “A treaty on pandemic preparedness and response has been proposed as the means to achieve that.”

The 74th World Health Assembly continues through June 1.
 
Reuters

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