Thursday, October 28

A score of world leaders support a Treaty against Pandemics

Transfer of a serious patient due to coronavirus in France.

Transfer of a serious patient due to coronavirus in France.
Sebastien Bozon / AFP / dpa

A score of Heads of State and Government support the European Union (EU) proposal to create the Treaty Against Pandemics to build a “stronger international health architecture” that protects future generations and ensure “universal” access to vaccines. “We believe that nations should work together to achieve a new international pandemic preparedness and response treaty,” subscribe the signatories of this proposal to which EFE had access, led by the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO ), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who launched this idea on behalf of the Twenty-seven last fall.

Having learned the lesson of the “weaknesses and divisions” that the covid-19 has exposed, “we must seize this opportunity and unite as a global community for a peaceful cooperation that extends beyond this crisis “, since” building our capacities and systems to do so will take time and will require a sustained political, financial and social commitment for many years “, maintain the twenty-five leaders.

Coming from the five continents, among them stand out the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson or the Chilean presidents, Sebastián Piñera; Costa Rican Carlos Alvarado Quesada; the South African Cyril Ramaphosa or the South Korean Moon Jae-in.

Europe is the most represented continent, with twelve dignitaries, among which are, in addition to Johnson, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron; Romania, Klaus Iohannis; Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic; and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky; as well as the prime ministers of Portugal, Antonio Costa; Albania, Edi Rama; Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis; Norway, Erna Solberg; The Netherlands, Mark Rutte; Y the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez.

From Africa, in addition to Ramaphosa, there are the presidents of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta; Rwanda, Paul Kagame; and Senegal, Macky Sall; while from America the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley; and from Asia and Oceania the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, and the Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, JVBainimarama, are joining.

Convinced that this pandemic is the greatest challenge that the world community has faced since the 1940s, the 25 signatories hope that the international community can “build a stronger international healthcare architecture that protects future generations. “” Preparedness for pandemics requires global leadership to achieve an adequate global health system for this millennium, “maintain the signatories, urging that the international community be guided by” solidarity, justice, transparency, inclusion and equity “in this fight. And it is that, they predict,” there will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies “and” no government or multilateral organization can face this threat alone. ” Together we must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, evaluate and respond effectively to pandemics in a highly coordinated manner, “they insist, given the evidence that the covid-19 pandemic has been” a harsh and painful reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe. “For this reason, the signatories commit to” guarantee universal and equitable access to safe, effective and aseq vaccines, medicines and diagnostics. usable for this and future pandemics. Immunization is a global public good and we will have to be able to develop, manufacture and deploy vaccines as soon as possible. “That collective commitment would be a” milestone “in intensifying pandemic preparedness at the highest political level, say the twenty-five world leaders.

They propose that the treaty be rooted in WHO, that other key relevant organizations join, in support of the “health for all” principle, and build on existing global health instruments, especially the International Health Regulations. The main objective of the treaty would be to foster a unique approach and strengthen national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics. That would imply increasing international cooperation to improve alert systems, data exchange, research, and local, regional and global production and distribution of medical and public health measures, such as vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and personal protective equipment. among others.

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