Deadline Nears. Will The Global Pandemic Treaty Be Finished In Time?

"There are a lot of bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland.

They’ve already pushed back their timetable multiple times. Now, with their deadline looming, these delegates have been working late into the night to finish what experts call one of the most important treaties of the generation.

Their negotiations are focusing on a war – but not with guns and tanks. It's a war against viruses and other infectious diseases.

Delegates from 194 countries are racing to complete a global pandemic treaty before the World Health Assembly starts next week on Monday, May 27.

The annual gathering is attended by all of the World Health Organization’s member states. At this year’s meeting, members are scheduled to adopt the treaty, a legally binding agreement aimed at both preventing and preparing for the next pandemic. Because virus experts think it’s not a matter of if, but when, the next pandemic strikes. This accord is one of the group’s most highly anticipated agenda items."

Gabrielle Emanuel reports for NPR May 23, 2024.

Source: NPR, 05/24/2024