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24 heads of state and the WHO call for the creation of an “international treaty on pandemics”

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                In order to best face future health crises, more than twenty Heads of State, the President of the European Council and the head of the WHO are calling for the creation of a " <em>international treaty on pandemics</em> ».
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                                    <p>« <em>There will be other pandemics and other large-scale health emergencies.  No single government or multilateral body can address this threat on its own. </em>», Explains the signatories - including Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Paul Kagame, and many others - in a<strong> tribune</strong> published in several major media.  However, the leaders of key members of the G20 (United States, Russia, China, Japan, India and Brazil) are not among the signatories of the podium.

In it, leaders called on Tuesday to develop a ” international treaty on pandemics “. They believe that the Covid-19 “ builds on our weaknesses and divisions “And that a” such a renewed collective commitment would be an important step in consolidating pandemic preparedness at the highest political level ».

Also signatories, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus are due to present this draft treaty to the press this Tuesday, which could be based on the International health regulations, a legal instrument adopted in 2005.

« Immunization is a global public good »

This kind of treaty had already been mentioned in the past. Charles Michel had proposed such an international treaty in December at the UN General Assembly, calling in particular for better monitoring of the appearance of infectious animal diseases.

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The leaders also returned, through this rostrum, to the Covid-19 pandemic and more precisely, on the subject of vaccination. ” We are committed to ensuring universal and equitable access to safe, effective and affordable vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for this pandemic and those that will follow. Immunization is a global public good », Affirm the 25 signatory leaders.

(With AFP)

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Source site www.rfi.fr

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