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International pandemic treaty: Really worth it?

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About 20 government heads and leading global agencies have called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness on Tuesday. However, very few details have been disclosed by the authorities that how this agreement will be able to force countries to act more cooperatively in handling the COVID-19 situation.

Several high profile personalities including World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus along with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, Draghi of Italy and Paul Kagame of Rwanda agreed to join the cause. This treaty was initially called for “a renewed collective commitment” in order to reinforce the world’s pandemic preparedness and response systems that would be rooted in the U.N. health agency’s constitution.

A commentary was published on Tuesday that reads: “We are convinced that it is our responsibility, as leaders of nations and international institutions, to ensure that the world learns the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Even though the treaty was meant for a greater commitment to society, there was no such mention that any country would or might be willing to change its course of action in handling the pandemic. Given the current circumstances in the UK and India, the situation is quite intense. Nationwide lockdown can once again be an option and a big obstacle.

According to the latest reports, Tedros has pleaded with the rich countries last week to immediately donate 10 million COVID-19 vaccines. The reason was to kickstart the immunization campaigns in all the countries within the first 100 days of 2021. However, none of the countries has come forward to offer or share vaccines as of now.

About 459 million vaccines have been administered globally. The majority of these vaccines are from just 10 countries and you’d be surprised to know that 28% of the numbers belong to just one country. So, the resolution of this treaty and how it will make a difference for real is still debatable.

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