The recently convened World Health Assembly (WHA74) saw discussions on the launch of negotiations for a ‘New Pandemic Treaty’ in order to create a ‘Global Framework Convention on Pandemic Preparedness and Response’.
This treaty is supposed to facilitate international cooperation and a coordinated response to any future pandemics.
The European Union and several other member-states are pushing for the assembly to make a quick decision on the proposal, while countries like the US, Brazil and Russia have sought to stall negotiations to be discussed at a later date. Meanwhile, a special session of the World Health Assembly is to be conducted in November 2021 to discuss this treaty.
CPPR Research Fellow Purvaja Modak and Nithin Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of international law at the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth University discuss at length about what this treaty entails, India’s response towards the treaty and how it would affect World Health Organisation’s role. Tune in to the podcast to learn more on the topic.