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Has the Third World saved the West from a perilous pandemic treaty?

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THE alarming move towards a World Pandemic Treaty, effectively giving the UN’s World Health Organisation power over sovereign nations in health emergencies, has received a stunning knockback. 

Significantly, the blow was dealt by mainly poorer and developing countries, including many in the Third World, who rebelled against the richest nations rushing through rules that would rob them of a say on what would happen on their own soil. 

At the same time, a petition to the British government demanding that a World Pandemic Treaty must be subject to a referendum has received the necessary 100,000 signatures and could now be debated by MPs. 

The blow to the insidious widening of the globalist health agenda came in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, where its 194 member states formulate policy. 

The Biden administration had proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations which would ease the way towards greater WHO powers such as those that would be incorporated in a treaty. Delegates from the UK, EU, and Australia supported the changes. 

But, as reported by James Roguski  on Substack many countries, including a tranche of African nations, along with Bangladesh, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Iran, objected to being railroaded. Brazil even threatened to leave the WHO if the measures went through. 

‘The African region shares the view that the process should not be fast-tracked,’ Moses Keetile, deputy permanent secretary in Botswana’s health ministry, told the assembly. 

In the end, the WHO and its supporters from wealthy nations – who are thought to be aiming for a treaty by 2024 – were forced to back down and agree to a revised amendment which strengthened the ability of member nations to express reservations about any future proposals. 

Meanwhile, the World Pandemic Treaty referendum petition in the UK has amassed more than 150,000 signatures – well past the threshold needed to ensure it will be considered by the Petitions Committee for a parliamentary debate. 

However, the response received by those who signed this petition repeats the Government’s support for a global legally-binding instrument, denies the need for a referendum and reiterates its favourite fear mantra that ‘Covid-19 has demonstrated that no one is safe until we are all safe.’ So we are not holding our breath should the need for this debate arise again in the future.  

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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