The WHO Pandemic Agreement should be more specific about when and how to enable global access to technology

Susi Geiger, Barbara Prainsack, Hendrik Wagenaar

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Abstract

Timeliness is repeatedly referenced in the World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Agreement negotiation draft, published in March 2024. However, the draft remains vague with regard to what is considered timely. Health policymaking should be much more conscious of the time scales it evokes and implements in order to support global equity and solidarity. The Pandemic Agreement negotiation draft could be made more specific to foster global synchronicity by: (1) replacing ‘best endeavor’ language with enforceable timelines, particularly for benefit sharing mechanisms, (2) mandating an automatically triggered time-bound IP waiver for pandemic health technologies to accelerate manufacturing and distribution scale-up to global levels, and (3) strengthening the pandemic fund and debt relief mechanisms to safeguard financial resources to enable global synchronicity for future pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. In summary, global solidarity during a pandemic requires more attention to synchronicity by ensuring the simultaneous implementation and rollout of measures to prevent, contain, or end a pandemic in different countries or regions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105112
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalHealth Policy
Volume146
Early online dateJun 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2024
Externally publishedYes

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