WHO begins its annual meeting to prepare for the next pandemic

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stressed that the failure to reach a consensus by Friday was not a failure and that the World Health Assembly could chart a way forward this week. Delegates, health officials and campaigners are still working to draw up a draft treaty.

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) began its annual meeting on Monday with ministers and other top representatives of member countries to strengthen global preparedness to deal with the next pandemic in the wake of Covid-19. However, the most ambitious project is to sign a treaty on pandemics but it is in cold storage due to the draft not being prepared.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stressed that the failure to reach a consensus by Friday is not a failure and that the World Health Assembly this week could chart a path forward. Delegates, health officials and activists are still working to finalise a draft treaty. The WHO Director-General has predicted that this meeting could be the most important in the 76-year history of the WHO.

The meeting of the 194-member UN health agency began on Monday with an address by Tedros and remarks from participants including International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen. They will discuss global health concerns, including the fallout from the conflicts in West Asia, Sudan and Ukraine.

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