WHO to discuss global pandemic treaty at World Health Assembly on May 22-28

You know the 1996 movie? fourth, where many parts of the world are united to defeat a common enemy? During the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020, almost the opposite happened. The World is as organized as every cat produced and directed episode. or dance with the stars fairly Dancing with stars who are also cats. The pandemic response has had relatively little coordination and little unity. In fact, it’s more of a 1983 and 2009 TV miniseries. V, many politicians, figures, social media accounts, etc. appeared to be trying to help the real enemy, in this case, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As a result, the virus has killed over 6.27 million people and continues to grow, leaving millions and potentially millions more in the long covid, and costly to society. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) is discussing a possible global pandemic treaty at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, 22-28 May. Celebrities and many social media accounts have tried to argue against the treaty. They even started the hashtag #StopTheTreaty.

Yes, it will work really well unless a global consensus is reached before the next pandemic. Right? Imagine a soccer team running into the arena for a championship game with no real plans, no real strategy, no real agreement to play together. Athletes “will do whatever they want with the ball because they know freedom.” Things don’t work out well when people do whatever they want with the ball they kick and throw during team sports. Likewise, doing what each country or each faction within each country wants will be catastrophic in the end. This is essentially what happened in the United States, which has killed over a million people since the outbreak began.

In a comment published in The Lancet May 16, a team of authors, mostly British, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a serious weakness in global governance of health. Inadequate preparation, coordination and accountability have hampered the nation’s collective response at each stage.” They argued that “a shift in the global health architecture is needed to mitigate the health and socioeconomic damage of the ongoing epidemic and prepare for the next major global threat to health.” Together, we need clear boundaries of responsibility. Neither a pandemic treaty nor alternative new tools or processes can solve all the bad things about global health, but they can deliver targeted improvements if supported by effective and clear global governance.”

Some have argued that the COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime or once-in-a-century event. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime event for a pierogi to go into your mouth after a cat-triggered series of events. But it will be the same in the case of a pandemic. Chances are the world will see another, if not several, epidemic in the near future. In fact, those born before twilight The history of cinema has already experienced two pandemics: the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic and the current Covid-19 pandemic. Remember what happened after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 killed more than 8,000 people and at least 774 people. In less than 20 years since, a new epidemic threat emerged every two years or so, from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to the Zika virus. In fact, as climate change displaces plants and animals around the world, the likelihood of more viruses and other pathogens moving from other animal species to humans increases, and another pandemic is at risk.

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows, viruses and other pathogens do not respect geopolitical boundaries. No need to carry a small EZ Pass with spikes or passport. So, as long as the pathogen is fairly widespread in one location, it poses a threat to everyone in the world.

Imagine how much suffering and how many lives could have been saved if countries around the world had become more united and worked together to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. What if countries had warned each other early about the emergence of the original SARS-CoV-2 and new variants? What if countries were more cooperative in supporting and sharing research? What if knowledge and resources were more effectively integrated to further accelerate the development and implementation of new technologies and approaches for virus surveillance, prevention and treatment? What if governments had come together to negotiate better terms with manufacturers of vaccines, drugs and tests? What if countries could work together to combat misinformation and support science?

Who wouldn’t want a better global alignment since early 2020? Well, obviously the WHO and SARS-CoV-2 aren’t the ones who wanted better control. It should be everyone who isn’t in the shape of a pointy massage ball. However, WHO led the trend on Tuesday with several social media accounts using the hashtag #StopTheTreaty. For example, James Melville, who describes himself as a freelance writer, expert, and liberal on his Twitter profile, tweeted a video with actor Russell Brand containing very naughty words (Warning: do not see the following tweets: Feather-plucking and luck sensitive to correct profanity):

Yes, when you think of science and global health, the first name that comes to mind is the Russell Brand, right? In the video, Brand claims that the pandemic treaty will be “forever cursed” and that the world will probably be held “WHO responsible”. Well, first of all, WHO doesn’t wear boots because they don’t have feet. Second, the so-called power of the WHO depends entirely on the wishes of its 194 member states (also known as countries of the world) and the resources allocated to WHO. And anyone who’s ever seen a WHO office should realize that the organization isn’t exactly money-hungry. Budget originally allocated to WHO for 2020-2021 It was five dollars. $84 billion is a little more than the $5.5 billion Jeff Bezos spent on a four-minute stay in space. According to Joe McCarthy international citizen. WHO also clearly list sources of funding.

The brand went on to assert that once a global pandemic treaty was signed, people would look back on it and say: , and stupid to undemocratic organizations that are heavily funded to carry out edicts.” Well, that’s some interesting brand management of the situation. Brand said it all without even looking at what such a treaty would look like. Any contract or treaty. Wouldn’t it be a bit like saying you don’t even believe in … what if the studio said to Brand, “You want to be in this movie, but don’t believe in signing a contract?”

Then there were tweets from some people like Gillian McKeith. He described himself as a “television presenter.” nutritionist and nutritionist. No. 1 best-selling author’ and ‘Pooh Lady’ on his Twitter profile. “194 countries plan to renounce citizenship through the WHO pandemic treaty,” she said. before Anyone knows what such a treaty specifically stipulates.

Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, in the following tweet, argued that “WHO is a corrupt organization that should not direct America’s health policy.”

The WHO clearly has issues to address, but is it fair to say that WHO is corrupt without going into specifics? Isn’t that like saying “Politicians are corrupt and shouldn’t dictate policies in America”? Moreover, the United States should have a say in what WHO does, assuming the United States continues to be its largest donor and participation in WHO. US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken (JD) and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becera (JD) called for strengthening global health security. In the comments on August 31, 2021 Zama. They argued that “global leaders must modernize essential global institutions, starting with the World Health Organization (WHO).”

God, what actually removes the US from the WHO decision-making process? How about “withdrawal from the WHO”, which Florida Congressman Anthony Sabatini(R) has called for?

Well, wasn’t Donald Trump, then President of the United States and now a Mar-A-Lago resident, trying to do that in 2020? What was the result? Isolating yourself from global decision-making tends not to work well in countries in the past. For example, years of isolationism eventually weakened China, making it vulnerable to Japanese aggression before World War II and eventually taken over by the Communist Party after World War II.

Talking about China, Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) tweeted:

What exactly is the evidence that the WHO is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party? In fact, a more powerful WHO could pressure China to share more openly and transparently information about the threat and potential outbreak of an infectious disease. The important question is, could the Covid-19 pandemic be better mitigated if China had a better disease surveillance system, warned the rest of the country earlier about early SARS-CoV-2 cases, and worked more globally on early containment strategies? whether or not.

Another issue with China is why the WHO continues to exclude Taiwan from its membership. The world has much to learn from Taiwan’s effective SARS-CoV-2 containment strategy and other public health measures. So, if China’s influence is a concern, wouldn’t it make sense to push further the intervention of other East Asian governments such as Taiwan?

Ultimately, those who oppose the Pandemic Treaty do not appear to offer viable alternatives to improve the world’s ability to prevent and control epidemics. It’s easy for babies to fight against getting dressed, keep blaming words like “freedom” like pooping whenever they want to, and keep yelling at them or doing so. Even more difficult is finding a solution.

If an invader from space appeared as it is now fourth, our world will be a kind of problem. You will have politicians, TV personalities and others who claim that the invaders are not real and are even on their side. The world must become more integrated to more effectively defeat major health threats: infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases such as obesity, and extraterrestrials with tentacles and telepathic abilities. Remember what the character John McClane said in the 1988 movie: die hard: “Now listen to me, idiot. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Stop being part of it. [bleeping] Solve the problem and put someone else back on!” It’s time to start over again as a true science and health professional.


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