Pandemic Treaty Talks Underway

The emergence of the Omicron variant demonstrates “just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today at the Special Session of the World Health Assembly. 

WHO member states have taken the first steps towards drafting such an accord, which will compel countries to share data about future emerging viruses and any potential treatments or vaccines for them, France24 reports

What to watch: The US and several other countries have initially opposed making such a treaty legally binding. But the text of the resolution released Sunday indicates that the US has  relented somewhat, Politico reports

Negotiations and ratification of the treaty could take years.

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