World Leaders Argue in An Open Letter for International Pandemic Treaty
In an open letter published in dozens of newspapers today, 25 world leaders argue favouring an international pandemic treaty. It is an initiative of EU President Charles Michel and WHO CEO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The Convention should improve pandemic preparedness and response and would be anchored in the Act of Establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO). International cooperation in early warning systems, information exchange, and research must be strengthened through the Convention.
The local, regional and global production and distribution of vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and personal protective equipment must also be improved.
“There will be other pandemics and other serious health crises. No government or multilateral body can deal with this threat alone”, endorse Dutch outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
According to EU President Michel, who put forward the idea in November and then discussed it with WHO CEO Tedros, international support for the initiative is growing. The presidents of Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea, among others, also put their signature on the piece.
“Our weaknesses and our divisions have given Covid-19 free rein. That is why we must seize this opportunity and unite,” said the leaders. “The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us powerfully and painfully that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”