Leaders from 23 countries and the World Health Organization this Tuesday supported the idea of creating an international treaty to help deal with future health emergencies identical to the current pandemic.
“There will be other pandemics and other health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can deal with this threat alone, ”the leaders of these 23 countries wrote in a joint article, which includes Portugal, Fiji, Romania, Great Britain, Rwanda, Kenya, France, Germany, Greece, South Korea , Chile, Costa Rica, Albania, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Senegal, Spain, Norway, Serbia, Indonesia, Ukraine, and the WHO.
According to Reuters, such a treaty would guarantee universal and equal access to vaccines and diagnostics for pandemics. “We believe that nations should work together to reach a new international treaty for pandemic prevention and response,” added political leaders. The idea had already been addressed by Charles Michel, president of the European Council, at the G20 summit in November.
The goal is to strengthen global resilience against pandemics through better alert systems, data sharing, research, production and distribution of vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and protective equipment. “We are convinced that it is our responsibility, as leaders of nations and international institutions, to ensure that the world learns the lessons from the covid-19 pandemic,” they added.