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Over 20 leaders call for international pandemic treaty


More than 20 politicians - among them French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel - have called for a new international treaty aimed at combating pandemics and improving preparedness.

As the politicians noted in an article published in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, pandemics and other serious health crises are taking place right now and no government or organisation can deal with such threats alone. According to the article, the COVID-19 pandemic was a "powerful and painful reminder" that "no one is safe until everyone is safe".

The authors of the publication noted that such a treaty would "build on existing global health agreements, in particular international health regulations". A core objective of the new treaty would be "to promote a national and public health approach that strengthens national, regional and global capacity and resilience to future pandemics".

Policy makers noted the importance of the ACT Accelerator platform (ACT-A), a global project of international cooperation under the auspices of WHO, established to prevent a monopoly on coronavirus treatment in developed countries and to guarantee the distribution of vaccines, drugs and tests to fight COVID-19 worldwide, including in developing and poorer countries. According to the article, the initiative has already demonstrated success in many ways, but more needs to be done to achieve equal access to tests, treatments and vaccines for people.

source: faz.net