W.H.O. leader talks about countries giving up intellectual property and calls for a "iron-clad global agreement to set the rules of the game for pandemic preparedness and response". The WHO will attempt to create a worldwide agreement for future pandemics next week.
National sovereignty is being dismantled piece by piece.
Pandemic treaty to be front and centre at landmark WHO meeting
European leaders have been pushing for a global agreement to help guard against future health crises
But some countries balk at giving the UN body more power or signing on without access to vaccines, observers say
When health ministers from around the world converge for a historic meeting this week, just one thing will be on the agenda. On Monday, the governing body of the World Health Organization will begin only the second “special” session in the body’s 73-year history to consider whether some kind of treaty or agreement is needed to help fend off future pandemics. The WHO and the European Union have been pushing for a “pandemic treaty” for months, with WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus repeating his pitch last week. “The ongoing chaos of this pandemic only underlines why the world needs an ironclad global agreement to set the rules of the game for pandemic preparedness and response,” Tedros said on Wednesday.
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