Leaders from 23 countries and the World Health Organization have proposed on March 30 an idea for a new international treaty to prepare nations for future pandemics.
In a joint opinion article published in major newspapers across the world, the leaders wrote that the treaty would be similar to the one formed after the second World War.
The leaders said that treaty would forge international cooperation for future pandemics and major health emergencies like the current COVID-19 pandemic described as “the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s.”
“At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system. 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 wrote.
“We are convinced that it is our responsibility, as leaders of nations and international institutions, to ensure that the world learns the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the leaders further wrote.
According to the leaders, the treaty would ensure equal distribution of vaccines, personal protective equipment, medicines, and diagnostics and it would also establish better alert systems and data sharing to strengthen the world’s resilience for future international health crises.
“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone,” the leaders said.
“Such a renewed collective commitment would be a milestone in stepping up pandemic preparedness at the highest political level,” the leaders further said.
Among the countries whose leaders formally supported the idea of such a treaty include Germany, France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and South Africa.
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