Global leaders call for international pandemic treaty

23 heads of state and international agencies have called for an international treaty to fight pandemics.

The new treaty will indicate the necessary political actions needed to protect the world from future health crises, according to WHO’s statement.

The leaders wrote that there will be other pandemics which no government would handle alone. They said COVID-19 pandemic has been a painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.

“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone, the leaders say in their article. The question is not if, but when. Together, we must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion,” the article says.

According to the article, the treaty would be rooted in the constitution of the World Health Organization. Those who signed the commentary include UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom.