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World Health Assembly agreement reached on wide-ranging, decisive package of amendments to improve the International Health Regulations

World Health Assembly agreement reached on wide-ranging, decisive package of amendments to improve the International Healt...
In an historic development, the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of its 194 member countries, today agreed a package of critical amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), and made concrete commitments to completing negotiations on a global pandemic agreement within a year, at the latest.

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World Health Assembly agrees on critical amendments to International Health Regulations

In a historic move, the World Health Assembly has agreed on a series of crucial amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) in order to strengthen global preparedness and response to public health emergencies, including pandemics. This decision comes as a response to the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to ensure that comprehensive and robust systems are in place in all countries to protect people from future outbreaks. The amendments include the introduction of a definition of a pandemic emergency, a commitment to solidarity and equity, and the establishment of the States Parties Committee to facilitate the effective implementation of the amended Regulations. Additionally, the Assembly has agreed to continue negotiating a Pandemic Agreement to improve international coordination, collaboration, and equity to prevent, prepare for, and respond to future pandemics. The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body has been extended to finish its work to negotiate a Pandemic Agreement within a year. These decisions demonstrate a common desire by Member States to protect their people and the world from the shared risk of public health emergencies and future pandemics.

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