November 29, 2021, 09.15 PM

How much support is there for a pandemic accord?

Leaders from Germany and the European Union threw their support behind a global pandemic pact, calling for more stable financing for the WHO.

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“I would like us member states to increase our contributions significantly — this means up to 50 percent,” said acting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The outgoing German leader also backed efforts to make a pandemic prevention accord legally binding — which is currently not on the table in the draft agreement.

The United States has been hesitant to agree to sign on to a legally binding treaty, but reached a compromise with other member states to kick start the process for a global “accord.”

What is in the draft?

The draft, which is expected to be adopted by the end of the talks on Wednesday, sets out the long-term steps.

Countries have tentatively agreed to establish an intergovernmental body that will draft and negotiate an accord. The accord itself will focus on three areas: pandemic prevention, preparedness, and pandemic response.

A treaty, accord, or another type of agreement won't likely be ready for years. The deadline is currently set at 2024.

Source: dpa, AFP

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