OTTAWA – Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response to be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly. today.
This is only the second time in history that this group has hosted such a summit.
If member states agree, the council will embark on the development of what will essentially serve as an international treaty on pandemic preparedness.
The idea is to prevent another global crisis like the one caused by COVID-19 and that are new, more contagious variants.
Duclos, who will act as the federal government’s chief delegate, says the convention will help countries cooperate and will allow Canada to more easily share its expertise on the world stage.
The WHO working group in the filing said that governments should seek to develop the convention in parallel with efforts to strengthen existing International Health Regulations.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 29, 2021.