WHO addressing a potential global pandemic treaty but people aren’t happy about it
The World Health Organisation (WHO) will discuss a possible Global Pandemic Treaty at the next 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 22nd to 28th.
This event comes after the great lack of response WHO has had for the global pandemic and the unorganised coordination and unity since 2020.
Regardless of the fact that this is something that should be critical in light of the current pandemic's catastrophe, why are people attempting to stop the treaty when the virus has killed over 6.27 million people; which ultimately cost society billions of dollars.
A number of politicians, celebrities, and social media accounts have been attempting to argue against the treaty. The hashtag #StopTheTreaty has even been established across social media. How is it going to work if there is no global agreement in place before the next pandemic?
Allowing each country, or even each state within each country, to behave as they choose will lead to calamity. This is essentially what has happened in the United States, which has lost over a million people since the outbreak began. Citizens, on the other hand, are more concerned with their "freedom" than saving millions of lives and protecting a future economic crisis from the virus.
If you think COVID-19 is coming to an end, think again
Despite a drop in recorded cases since the peak of the Omicron wave, the COVID-19 pandemic remains far from over. We are blinding ourselves to the virus's evolution by reducing testing and mandates, especially while almost 1 billion individuals in low-income countries remain unvaccinated. While there has been progress, with 60% of the world's population having been vaccinated, it is not finished until it is over everywhere. In a world where testing rates have decreased, reported cases are rising in nearly 70 nations across all regions.
In Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccine coverage, reported deaths are escalating, and only 57 nations (many of them wealthy) have vaccinated 70% of their populations.
The treaty's significance
The Covid-19 outbreak, which had no genuine plan, strategy, or agreement, exposed serious flaws in global health governance; insufficient planning, coordination, and accountability impeded governments' collective response at every level. To alleviate the health and socioeconomic effects of the current pandemic, and to prepare for the next big global health crisis, changes to the global health architecture are required. Although a pandemic treaty or any other solutions or methods will not be able to repair all of the problems with global health, it will be willing to generate aimed improvements if it is supported by efficient global governance.