LONDON (AP) – More than 20 heads of government and world agencies on Tuesday called for an international agreement on epidemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations.
But there are few details that could explain how such an agreement could actually force countries to cooperate more.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Tedros Adanom Gebreusus, and leaders, including Britain’s Boris John Onson, Italy’s Mario Draghi and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, have called for a “resumption of collective commitment” to strengthen the global epidemic response systems. In the Constitution of the UN Health Agency.
“We are convinced that, as leaders of nations and international organizations, it is our responsibility to ensure that the world learns the lessons of the COVID-19 epidemic,” the authors wrote in a commentary on Tuesday. Although they called for “solidarity” and greater “public commitment”, there was no sign that any country would soon change its approach to the epidemic.
Last week, Tedros asked rich countries to donate 10 million COVID-19 vaccines immediately to launch immunization campaigns in all countries during the first 100 days of the year. No country has yet publicly offered to distribute its vaccines immediately. Globally, the majority of the more than 459 million vaccines were in just 10 countries, and 28% in just one.
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