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US WHO wants a treaty to combat pandemics

02:45  30 november  2021
02:45  30 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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World Health Organization ( WHO ) members have agreed to create an international treaty governing future pandemic prevention and response as they meet in Geneva this week. If formalized, the resolution would pave the way to establishing an intergovernmental body tasked with drafting and negotiating the accord, which could be ready by May 2024. The agreement would focus on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. It is expected to cover issues including sharing data on genome sequences of any emerging viruses, as well as any potential vaccines and drugs arising from

The prospective global pandemic treaty would surely address travel restrictions and establish worldwide standards for imposing them, but there will be great resistance to such restrictions from countries that depend heavily upon foreign business travel and tourism. The result was a draft agreement for a global pandemic treaty , which should be finalized by May of 2024. The emergency of the Omicron variant of Chinese coronavirus in Africa reportedly inspired some holdout nations to reach a compromise on the global treaty . “There is agreement on a text which for us is very satisfying.

Après l'annonce de l'émergence d'un nouveau variant du coronavirus, l'OMS avait jugé préoccupant ce mutant Omicron. L'organisation mondiale de la santé appelle désormais à calmer le jeu. © Reuters - Denis Balibouse after the announcement of the emergence of a new coronavirus variant, WHO had considered worrying this mutant Omicron. The World Health Organization now calls to calm the game.

Fight against CVIV-19, and already to prevent the next health crisis. Important discussions take place in Geneva. The World Health Organization has been reunited in special session to create a pandemic treaty. WHO has also insurge in restrictions on southern Africa after its revelations on the Omicron variant.

This is the second time in its history that WHO meets in special session, explains our correspondent in Geneva, Jérémy Lanche . This arrives in the middle of a wave of coronavirus contaminations in Europe, and only a few days after the revelation, by South African scientists, of the existence of the Omicron variant.

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The WHO is seeking a new treaty on handling future pandemics . Pictured above: WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Sean Gallup/Getty Images. The World Health Organization is convening a special session of its governing body, the World Health Assembly, to start talks on a new global treaty covering pandemics . Representatives of WHO 's 194 member states will meet virtually for three days starting on Monday to consider new international rules for handling future outbreaks.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants a treaty to end the sorry cycle of "neglect and panic". "The ongoing chaos of this pandemic only underlines why the world needs an iron-clad global agreement to set the rules," he said Wednesday. The United States is thought to be less keen on talk of a treaty and more focused on agreeing content with rapid impact. However, more than 70 countries so far are backing a treaty , the health ministers of 32 of them said in a joint article.

►Lire also: "No reason to panic" against the Omicron Variant, according to Joe Biden

, while more and more states are barricadent to this new threat, the WHO calls on the contrary to leave open borders , especially with South Africa. For the World Organization, these measures are counterproductive.

If a country declares the emergence of a new variant on its soil, and that in response all others put it away, the risk in the future is that very few play the game of the transparency. In addition, these restrictions did not prevent Variant B1.1.529 from spreading, since it has already been identified on several continents in the world.

In the face of this threat, which can still be measured precisely neither the contagiousness, nor the pathogenicity, lack of decline, the WHO advocates rather for a reset of international agreements ranging towards more cooperation. This is precisely the meaning of the session.

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The World Health Organization is holding a special assembly to consider a pandemic treaty . Health ministers are gathering to discuss how to do more to prevent future pandemics from wreaking havoc in the world.

Creating a new global treaty to minimise future pandemic risks Health and economic communities must work together to ensure that governments deploy policies and resources to mitigate the risk of future pandemics , writes Alan Donnelly. Triggers for treaty negotiations: could lessons from environmental protection inform a prospective pandemic treaty ? The factors in favour of starting negotiations on a pandemics treaty are similar to those that triggered the successful negotiation of key environmental agreements, Katharina Kummer Peiry reports.

►Lire: Leave scientists The time to analyze the Omicron

phenomenon In the first place, there is the issue of access to vaccines: if sharing is not fair, with one side of the countries Protected and the other of the states or the virus circulates, it first poses an ethical problem, and it is to take the risk of seeing new variants. It's been months since WHO alerts on this subject. Omicron shows that the observation was good, see Simon Rozé , in charge of scientific issues at RFI.

alone, the Omicron variant is therefore a plea for the creation of a treatise on the pandemics, esteem Tedros Ghebreyesus. The boss of WHO wants it for this multiplication of unilateral border closures with southern Africa.

"We must thank South Africa and Botswana from sequencing and identifying the variant, not penalizing them, he says. And Omicron demonstrates why we need a treatise on pandemics. Because the current system does not encourage states to alert the other threats that will inevitably arrive at home.

A treaty will not prevent national selfishness. But for his followers, he would have the merit of better coordinating the response and the sharing of information in case of emergence of a new infectious agent, with the automatic sending of experts on the ground.

is still far away. Because the consensus that seems to emerge in Geneva in recent hours does not say anything about the content of the future treaty. Negotiations could last months or even years. With a possible entry into force that will not be programmed before 2024.

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