The World Health Organization (WHO) is using the emergence of the post-vaccine omicron variant of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to push for a global “pandemic treaty.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the WHO got global leaders to start negotiations to create a binding international agreement that will supposedly prevent and deal with future pandemics.

The decision to begin drafting a global pandemic treaty was announced by the World Health Assembly, a forum organized by the WHO’s governing body. The decision was agreed upon by all participants of the assembly after three days of talks.

The agreement approved the creation of an “intergovernmental negotiating body” that will draft and negotiate the final wording of the global pandemic treaty. This treaty will have to be ratified by WHO member states.

“I welcome the decision you have adopted today, to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

He added that countries committing to negotiate a global accord would “help to keep future generations safer from the impacts of pandemics.” 

The WHO member states agreed to create the global pandemic treaty amid growing international concern over the post-vaccine omicron variant of COVID-19.

Some of the issues the treaty is expected to cover include the sharing of research data and genome sequences of emerging viruses.

Marc Morano, writing for Climate Depot, pointed out that this pandemic treaty will most likely just be “a virus version” of the United Nations’ and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “Paris climate style pacts.”

“The pandemic crisis will become permanent just like the climate crisis. Attempts to impose lockdowns for future COVID variants or new viruses may be internationally imposed instead of national, state or local,” wrote Morano.

He warned that if the U.S. were to ratify a legally binding international pandemic treaty, “global mandates may be coming your way.”

“Local elections will cease to matter, as unelected bureaucrats will be yielding the real power over your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness,” he said.

He warned that creating a legally binding international agreement that will enforce pandemic protocols would make it impossible for people in local or state jurisdictions to hold their elected representatives accountable, as they will be replaced by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. “This must be stopped now.”

“Once a pandemic treaty is set in place, COVID mandates will become permanent as elite officials fly around the world to discuss how to further crush freedom to wage war on viruses,” said Morano.

“The architects of a pandemic treaty will seek more and more power and control and become a self-interested lobbying organization all while doing squat to prevent or mitigate future viruses. A radical WHO pandemic treaty may just be the ticket for the administrative state to [rein] in rogue anti-lockdown governors.”

US expresses support for global pandemic treaty

The pandemic treaty is not expected to be completed to the satisfaction of most WHO member states for several years. But the U.S. has already expressed support for its drafting.

“Over and over, COVID has reminded us that it will not go down easily and that we must act together,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

“The United States is committed to working with member states to take forward the recent recommendations of the working group on preparedness and response,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“That includes developing a new WHO convention agreement or other international instrument and making agreements to improve the effectiveness and agility of international health regulations.”

A bloc of nations led by the U.S. initially opposed the inclusion of language in the future pandemic treaty that would have made the treaty legally binding. But the White House later came out with a statement supporting the first draft resolution negotiated by the World Health Assembly.

The international body formed to negotiate the treaty will hold its first meeting on or before March 1, 2022. The agenda for this meeting will be to agree on timelines regarding the drafting of the treaty. The second meeting will be held on or before Aug. 1, 2022. The agenda of this second meeting will be to discuss progress on a working draft of the treaty.

In between these official meetings, the WHO and treaty negotiations will hold public hearings to inform the public of its decisions. A progress report will be formally delivered to the 76th World Health Assembly in 2023. The final agreement will be submitted to the 77th World Health Assembly in 2024 for consideration.

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