The World Health Organization has called for an international Pandemic Treaty – to be signed by all its member states – to ensure that future pandemics are better planned for and dealt with.
During its 74th annual World Health Assembly, the WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus said the lack of sharing of information, resources and vaccines has been the driving force behind the renewed spike in Covid-19 infections seen around the World.
Ghebreyesus urged countries to agree to and sign up for such an agreement as soon as possible, to ensure that there is more solidarity and co-operation in fighting future pandemics.
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- “End vaccine inequity to avoid future pandemics”.
- WHO: Make more vaccines available to avoid “a pandemic within a pandemic”.
Consistent themes of #WHA74 so far are: solidarity, science, sharing & equity. A #PandemicTreaty would achieve this through:
-Strengthening national capacities
-Global mechanism to anticipate & prevent pandemics
-Sustained funding for emergency responsepic.twitter.com/lygcMvKufT
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) May 25, 2021