The dash for the pandemic treaty

A decision-text to kick start discussions towards a pandemic treaty is being considered by member states this week. Member states will consider establishing an intergovernmental meeting (IGM) to draft and negotiate a WHO framework convention on pandemic preparedness and response.

In line with timelines discussed in internal EU documents that Geneva Health Files has seen, this IGM is expected to convene its first meeting not later than the end of June 2021. According to the draft text, “meetings of the IGM shall be held either in person, virtually or in hybrid format” and shall conduct its work in accordance with Rule 86 of the WHA rules or procedure of the Health Assembly.

The resolution also asks the DG of WHO to convene the first meeting of the IGM, facilitate discussions and to allocate the necessary resources for the IGM to carry out its mandate.

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