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Don’t delay reforms to prepare for next pandemic, WHO chief says

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on countries to implement necessary reforms to prepare for future pandemics and fulfill their commitment to increase funding for the UN health agency. In his address to the WHO’s annual health assembly, Tedros emphasized the importance of advancing negotiations to prevent future pandemics rather than postponing action.

Tedros stressed that the next pandemic is inevitable and urged countries not to delay crucial changes. He emphasized that if necessary reforms are not made promptly, it raises the question of who will be responsible and when such changes will occur.

The World Health Assembly, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the WHO, is a 10-day event held in Geneva to discuss global health challenges, including preparations for future pandemics. The 194 member states of the WHO are currently engaged in negotiations to reform the binding rules that govern their obligations in the event of an international health threat. Additionally, a broader pandemic treaty is being drafted for ratification next year.

Tedros highlighted the importance of the current generation committing to a pandemic accord, considering the firsthand experience of the devastating impact caused by a small virus. Furthermore, the WHO member states will discuss the organization’s budget for 2024-2025, which includes proposed increases in countries’ annual fees.

The call for reforms and increased financing underscores the need for proactive measures to prevent and respond effectively to future health crises, emphasizing the importance of global cooperation and preparedness.

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