Here’s why the WHO chief wants a pandemic accord after ‘dark’ COVID crisis
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants a new pandemic accord to be negotiated among countries as the world emerges from the "dark" days of COVID crisis.
WHO's member states have begun negotiations towards an international agreement.
The agency's head wants the accord to be a "historic agreement to make a paradigm shift in global health security".
If agreed, the pandemic accord will mark only the second legally binding health treaty since WHO was created 75 years ago.
Timor-Leste President Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta meanwhile pointed out that "every country, big or small, rich or poor, struggled to mount an adequate response to the pandemic". "This reminds us that we must build our house before the storm, not during the storm."