Leaders Around the World Called for International Treaty on PandemicPolitics | March 30, 2021, Tuesday // 09:01| views
More than 20 world leaders are calling for a new global settlement to help the world prepare for future pandemics.
In an article for newspapers around the world, leaders including President Macron of France, Boris Johhnson of UK and German chancellor Angela Merkel say Covid has posed the biggest challenge since World War Two.
Another pandemic or health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when", they say.
And the pandemic has shown that "nobody is safe until everyone is safe".
The signatories, who include the head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, say: "At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system.
The leaders say that in the same spirit, countries must now "be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly co-ordinated fashion".
A new treaty would help to establish better systems for alerting people about potential pandemics, they say, while also improving the sharing of data and distribution of vaccines and personal protective equipment.
"There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone. The question is not if, but when.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe."
The letter continues that at a time when Covid-19 has exploited our weaknesses and divisions, world nations must seize this opportunity and come together as a global community for peaceful co-operation that extends beyond this crisis./bbc
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