[Update from the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body]
In a significant move, some member states at WHO have expressed caution and have sought to limit the participation of the private sector in the negotiations for new rules on pandemic preparedness and response. Last week, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) met at the resumed session of its first meeting on March 14-15. The INB was set up earlier this year, to work towards a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, following the Special Session of the World Health Assembly in November 2021.
These efforts to limit the direct participation of the private sector in these discussions can, to a certain extent, insulate these key deliberations from the influence of powerful stakeholders such as the pharma industry and others, some countries hope.
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