World leaders call for international pandemic treaty

World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
Countries must work in a highly co-ordinated fashion to ensure they are better prepared next time, Boris Johnson and other world leaders say. Source: PA MADEA
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Daily US Times: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined with other world leaders in calling for a new settlement to help the world prepare for future pandemics like the current one.

In an article for newspapers around the world, leaders including German chancellor Angela Merkel and President Macron of France say coronavirus has posed the biggest challenge since World War Two.

The world leaders say, another pandemic or health crisis is a matter of “not if, but when”.

And the Covid pandemic has shown that “nobody is safe until everyone is safe”.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph and other publications, 24 world leaders argue a treaty similar to that reached in the wake of WWII is needed to build cross-border cooperation ahead of the next international pandemic and health crisis.

The signatories, who include Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, say: “At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system.”

The letter added: “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 co-operation – namely peace, prosperity, health and security.”

It said that today we hold the same hope that, as we fight to overcome the coronavirus pandemic together, we can build a more robust international health architecture that will protect future generations.

The letter focuses on the matter that the countries “must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly co-ordinated fashion”.

The leaders also commit to ensuring “universal and equitable access to safe, efficacious and affordable vaccines, medicines and diagnostics”.

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