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.
“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.
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