No agreement at WHO on a global treaty against pandemics (Challenges.fr)

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Very good news, it was one of my biggest worries, it has been postponed for several months or even years.

Update 13.05.2024: WHO Agreement on Pandemics, April Draft: Additional Concerns (Activistpost.com)

Update 25.05.2024: Failed negotiations at the WHO for an anti-pandemic treaty (Rts.ch)

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WHO headquarters in Geneva. /Photo taken February 2, 2023/REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Denis Balibouse

LONDON (Reuters) - The 194 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have failed to agree on a global agreement on pandemics, sources close to the discussions said on Friday, the date barrier for the restitution of a project.

The parties suspended the discussions, which had resumed on April 29 in Geneva, at midday and are now working to find the best discussion channels to complete a treaty, "in the coming weeks, the coming months, or even years " one of the sources said.

After the Covid-19 episode, the agreement under negotiation - the first of its kind - aims to better prepare all countries in the world for future pandemics and to provide them with the means to "respond effectively and equitably", according to the WHO.

The initial schedule provided for a review of the text at the 77th World Health Assembly, which takes place from May 27 to June 1 in Geneva, with a view to its adoption.

The World Health Assembly met in extraordinary session in December 2021 to create an “intergovernmental negotiating body” responsible for drafting a treaty.

Discussions on a preliminary draft agreement began in March 2023.

Deep disagreements are currently undermining any hope of compromise, particularly on equitable access to medical countermeasures to be adopted in the event of a pandemic, according to experts, who also consider the adoption timetable too "ambitious".

The text as it stood proposed guaranteeing the WHO 10% of the production of medicines, vaccines and tests linked to a pandemic in the form of donations, and 10% at accessible prices for the benefit of the poorest countries. Some producing countries consider this threshold too high.

Discussions are also blocked on access to pathogens, for scientific research purposes, and on the equitable distribution of treatments, vaccines and tests.

Once adopted, the WHO treaty will be legally binding on its members.

(Report Jennifer Rigby, French version Sophie Louet, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

 

source: Challenges.fr via Twitter

 

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