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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President Cyril Ramaphosa says an effective and comprehensive global vaccination strategy is vital to ending the Covid-19 pandemic.

He addressed delegates during the 74th World Health Assembly this week and said the pandemic not only laid bare the shortcomings of many healthcare systems but also highlighted the extent to which all countries are connected.

Ramaphosa again called for more vaccine-doses to be made available, as a matter of urgency to ensure that more people, globally, get vaccinated.

He says the pandemic’s negative economic and social effects would, in the long run, be felt in every country across the World.

He also urged vaccine-production to be significantly increased.

Ramaphosa says more robust pandemic response systems globally.

 

The President also boasted on how well South Africa responded to the pandemic over the past year.

He says planning for future pandemics should start now.

Read his full statement here.

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