The US, Russia, and China were not on the list.
Rabat – Leaders of several nations and WHO called for a new international pandemic treaty to better prepare the world to deal with future pandemics.
In a joint statement published today, the leaders called for a similar response to the one that followed World War II and to put an end to the temptations of isolationism and nationalism by favoring solidarity and cooperation, the leaders stated that: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.”
The call has been raised by some prominent world leaders including; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom.
Still, some key world leaders such as; the United States, Russia, and China were not among the signatories.
“We believe that nations should work together towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response,” they wrote.
According to the statement, such a treaty would offer the world the chance to collaborate and work collectively within the international system.
The call for the new international treaty comes amid unequal COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
The statement added that the countries are “committed to ensuring universal and equitable access to safe, efficacious and affordable vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for this and future pandemics.”
In a press conference held on March 30 with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, WHO’s Director-General Tedros affirmed that the world must think and plan for future pandemics from now, he said: “The time to act is now. The world cannot afford to wait until the pandemic is over to start planning for the next one.”
“Without an internationally coordinated, all-of-government, all-of-society, One Health approach to pandemic preparedness and response, we remain vulnerable,” he added.
In the same vein, Michel stressed the importance of equitable vaccine access: “Immunisation is a global public good. So we need to be able to develop, manufacture and deploy vaccines as quickly as possible. We also need to ensure universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines, and tests.”
According to the latest data, the total number of infections worldwide reached 128,412,051, including 103,573,177 recoveries, and 2,807,256 deaths.