World leaders name for treaty to fight future pandemics

London, March 30

UK PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday joined other world leaders to call for a new international treaty to help the world prepare for and fight future pandemics collectively.

In an article published across Europe, leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said Covid-19 posed the biggest challenge since the world wars and had shown how “nobody is safe until everyone is safe”.

The ‘Daily Telegraph’ article, also published in ‘Le Monde’ in France and ‘El Pais’ in Spain, notes that such a new global treaty similar to that reached in the wake of World War II is needed to build cross-border cooperation. In total, 24 leaders have affirmed the article, including WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system,” it reads. “The aims were clear: To bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and cooperation – namely peace, prosperity, health and security.” The leaders said in the same spirit, countries must now “be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion”.

The treaty would help to establish better systems for alerting people about potential pandemics, they said. — PTI

23 countries back move

  • Leaders of 23 countries and the WHO on Tuesday backed the idea to create a global treaty that would help deal with future health emergencies by tightening rules on sharing information
  • The idea of such a treaty, also aimed at ensuring universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for pandemics, was floated by chairman of EU leaders Charles Michel
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom said the treaty would tackle gaps exposed by Covid-19. A draft resolution could be presented at the annual ministerial meet in May. Reuters

Virus source Not yet found: WHO report

  • A team of WHO experts, which probed the origin of Covid, said it had “not yet” found the source of the virus and called for further studies to find answers to questions, including allegations that it could have emanated from a bio lab.
  • The report of the international team, which visited the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was published on Tuesday. PTI

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