A Pandemic Consensus Must Be Reached, As Per WHO Director-General

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : December 1, 2021

The WHO is appealing for an international accord for helping prevent as well as fight future pandemics in the wake of the identification of a novel omicron COVID-19 strain. Several questions remain, notably the severity and transmission potential of the substantially changed omicron, according to WHO Director-General TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus.

A Pandemic Consensus Must Be Reached, As Per WHO Director-General

This year’s World Health Assembly included a long-planned, but primarily virtual, special session of the United Nations’ health agency members, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

A Pandemic Consensus Must Be Reached

As part of the summit, attendees will focus on developing an international strategy to prevent, prepare, and respond to future pandemics. Tedrosemphasized the dangers of our present situation, and he asked for a change in strategy “legally binding agreement” to handle the problem “agreement that was not expressly contained in a drafted language seeking consensus on the best course of action.” ” Omicron’s presence exemplifies the pressing need for a new global agreement on pandemic preparedness.

South Africa and Botswana, the first nations to discover the new strain in southern Africa, should be applauded rather than “penalized” in his view for warning others to the risks that would undoubtedly come on their borders under the existing system.

This comment made a reference to the aircraft travel restrictions enforced by various countries in the region. “We don’t know if it’s related with more transmission, more severe sickness, more risk of infection, or higher chance of resisting vaccination,” said Tedros, the head of the World Health Organization. “We’re working very quickly to unravel the hazard.”

But even if many of us feel we are done with COVID-19 and its dangers, the emergence of omicron serves as a reminder that, despite what many of us believe, COVID-19 is still a threat. It wasn’t done with them yet, he said further. Not explicitly called for in the World Health Assembly’s drafted resolution, “legally binding instrument” may help the global response in the event of another epidemic. Still, it’s not ruled out, “According to what some are arguing.

The United States and a few other countries argued that the content of any agreement should be worked out first before a name for the document could be given, and Europe and other nations agreed. Legally binding treaties may need to be approved by specific countries, which would almost likely lead to internal political fighting.

Her stint as German chancellor is set to expire next week. She called for “solid money” for W.H.O. and increased contributions from member states, alluding to the European Union’s backing for a legally binding pact.

Her video message emphasized that the COVID-19 epidemic’s catastrophic impact on both health and the economy should serve as an example to all of us. No one nation or area is immune from the spread of viruses. We need a set of universally enforced guidelines to promote prevention, early detection, and response.

It was tweeted by Simon Manley, the British ambassador in Geneva, a copy of the paper approved according to WHO rules on such issues. The co-chairs of the meeting, Chile and Australia, were thanked for their efforts.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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