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Global leaders back prospect of pandemic treaty for future emergencies

The leaders of 23 countries and the World Health Organization have backed an idea to create an international treaty that would help the world deal with future health emergencies, similar to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The idea of such a treaty, would ensure universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for pandemics, as well as a global approach to dealing with containing the outbreak.

It now has the formal backing of the leaders of Fiji, Portugal, Romania, Britain, Rwanda, Kenya, France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Chile, Costa Rica, Albania, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Senegal, Spain, Norway, Serbia, Indonesia, Ukraine and the WHO.

“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone,” the leaders wrote.

“We believe that nations should work together towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response,” they said.

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