General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director says, the world needs a global pandemic treaty and it has always been proved by Covid-19. He said, it’s a major change that would do the most to empower the WHO and boost global health security.
“This is an idea whose time has come,” Tedros told diplomats attending the final day of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
In March, more than two dozen world leaders said that they support a framework on pandemic preparedness or an international treaty, signing a letter whose signatories doesn’t include Russia, China and US. At the World Health Assembly, it grew further and more than 30 countries supported discussing the matter in November.
“The United States was one of the countries that supported the resolution to hold the special session,” the WHO said Monday in response to an NPR inquiry. “That is not to say it has committed to support the treaty yet, as the process of moving forward was only confirmed today.”
Tedros said that an international treaty would connect countries in ways that strengthen the world’s health security.
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“At present, pathogens have greater power than WHO. They are emerging more frequently in a planet out of balance. They exploit our interconnectedness and expose our inequities and divisions,” Tedros said.
“The safety of the world’s people cannot rely solely on the goodwill of governments.” He said it would make countries more responsible to one another. The WHO leader said, “The weeklong World Health Assembly’s theme is “Ending this pandemic, preventing the next one.”
Tedros stressed that much work remains to end the pandemic, calling it “a monumental error for any country to think the danger has passed.” Together, the world still faces “the same vulnerabilities that allowed a small outbreak to become a global pandemic,” he said.
His remarks echoed the frustration he raised last year when he said that pandemic was presenting humanity with a test – one that we are failing.
“How is it difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately?” an emotional Tedros asked at a briefing in Geneva. “Are we unable to distinguish or identify the common enemy?”
In the 41st session of the Corona Investigative Committee she said the rules under which countries work with WHO virtually put WHO in charge of all rules and formal edicts and announcements — with Gates being right there as part of the executive board like an unofficial member state, making decisions that affect the entire world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a primary agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. However, in recent times, the WHO has been criticized for either acting too late or too little during a health crisis.
There have been instances where WHO was caught grossly unprepared with its course of action. Other times, the scientists and researchers at WHO have made laughable errors while preparing reports. This begs the question:
Why WHO makes so many mistakes? Is it deliberate? Or is there some other reason behind WHO’s never ending list of errors?
An exclusive report by GreatGameIndia revealed how in 2009 WHO prematurely declared ‘swine flu’ a pandemic which resulted in a surge of vaccine orders. The rich and affluent nations were quick to purchase the vaccines for their people. Ironically, most deaths occurred not in Europe but in Africa and Southeast Asia.
In his controversial book renowned author Stuart Blume discloses that many of the most influential advisers, at both World Health Organisation (WHO) and national levels, are paid consultants to the vaccine industry raising a very serious question – that the WHO might be working for the vaccine industry’s interests and not the people – the reason why 10 years ago WHO faked a pandemic.
The consistent pattern of blunders being committed by WHO raises serious questions on its efficiency in dealing with the lives of people. The amount of errors on a regular basis suggest WHO’s gambling-approach to world health-crisis. Past experiences shedding light on WHO being used as tool of the vaccine lobby have led many experts to call for dismantling of the WHO.
Can the World Health Organization (WHO) still be reformed or must it be reborn? Can it address concretely and effectively the challenges it is facing? Should WHO be dismantled?
These are important questions, not only for the next director-general but perhaps even more for the member states who are the real “owners” of WHO.