WHO urges member states to finalize pandemic treaty, asks for more money
The WHO is looking to become the global health authority before “the next pandemic strikes.”

Jeremiah Church

November 13, 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for member states, including Canada, to finalize their pandemic treaty — and pitch in more money for “when the next pandemic strikes.”

WHO urges member states to finalize pandemic treaty, asks for more money

In Monday’s opening remarks for the Global Symposium of Global Health Security and Diplomacy in the 21st Century, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the coming year is “a generational opportunity that we must not miss.”

“As you know, Member States are now in the process of negotiating a new legally-binding agreement on pandemic preparedness and response, and amendments to the International Health Regulations,” he said, adding that “the two will form the vital legal framework for a safer world.” 

The unelected organization’s leader has previously denied that a Pandemic Treaty would force countries to comply with its regulations, but he’s also threatened sanctions for countries that don’t do so.

Ghebreyesus listed three action plans for all member states to follow starting Monday, the first being that “we must close the governance gap.” 

He also asked for member nations to cough up more financial support towards the World Bank’s Pandemic Fund. Third, the Director-General implicitly called for censorship, urging that “we must protect health care from politicization and attack.”

Ghebreyesus has previously urged social media companies around the world to combat misinformation.

WHO’s in charge?

Over the course of the pandemic, the WHO began partnering with countries to combat what they referred to as an “infodemic.” More often than not, this meant censoring people online who had genuine concerns or were trying to proliferate the truth of adverse reactions following mRNA jabs.

Such adverse reactions are now more widely accepted as fact, and health officials worldwide have begun warning people of the risk from things like post-vaccine myocarditis, which the WHO has consistently waved away as a conspiracy theory.

Amongst his list of hurdles to overcome, Ghebreyesus said on Monday that one of the challenges ahead is the increase of public skepticism with regards to institutions and science.  

Earlier this year, the Director-General expressed his disappointment in the fact that member nations weren’t reporting COVID data to the WHO.

Share this story

Help Keep your News Free

Share this story

It's crucial we stay in touch

Big Tech wants to censor us, that’s why you need to stay in touch.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE...

Trending News

On Friday, countries failed to come to an agreement on the WHO’s international pandemic treaty by the deadline; however, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says he hasn’t given up.

TCS Wire

May 27, 2024

Trending News

Researchers announce a new experimental mRNA vaccine has shown to be “highly effective” in mitigating symptoms in animals infected with H5N1.

Mike Campbell

May 24, 2024

Trending News

“Our food systems are harming the health of people and planet… Transforming food systems is therefore essential, by shifting towards healthier, diversified and more plant-based diets,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Keean Bexte

May 22, 2024

Trending News

With the WHO’s deadline for a pandemic treaty just two weeks away, the UK deals it a massive blow.

Mike Campbell

May 16, 2024

Trending News

TCS Wire

May 14, 2024

Trending News

Are concerns about the WHO’s Pandemic Treaty fair? Or are they conspiratorial — and false? A deep dive: Top 5 concerns of the WHO Pandemic Treaty.

Mike Campbell

April 23, 2024

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.