THE GOVERNING PANDEMICS INITIATIVE
Covid-19 has exposed major gaps in the global system for governing preparedness for and responses to pandemics. The Global Health Centre's Governing Pandemics initiative is tracking efforts to address these gaps. This site offers a one-stop information source on six issues that have been identified as requiring reform, and on the proposed pandemic treaty.
For each issue, the main problems, pre-Covid-19 reforms, 2021 recommendations by major international panels, and ongoing policy debates are summarized. Regular updates will be provided as efforts progress.
8 APRIL - 15 JULY 2022
GOVERNING PANDEMICS 101
FREE ONLINE COURSE
GOVERNING PANDEMICS 101
Pandemics such as Covid-19 pose wicked challenges for global governance. The Global Health Centre is piloting a free, open online course designed for learners who wish to follow and engage with ongoing processes to reform global arrangements for pandemic preparedness and response. Topics include WHO; treaties; financing: sharing of data and samples; access to vaccines and drugs; trade and travel restrictions; animal-human health; human rights; humanitarian assistance; universal health coverage and geopolitics.
TIMELINE OF EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN GLOBAL PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS
JULY 18-22, 2022: INB #2
POSTPONED: INB Public Hearings #2
JUNE 6-8, 2022: INB Second Resumed Session
The INB considered the potential substantive elements to be included in the scope of the instrument
The INB agreed to discuss the outline from 15-17 June and postpone the public hearings originally scheduled on those dates. A working draft is expected to be published by 11 July, before the second meeting of the INB starting on 18 July.
MAY 22-28, 2022: 75th World Health Assembly and 151st Executive Board
The WHA approved the report of the WGPR, and set up a process for the consideration of amendments to the IHR (2005), including the creation of a Working Group on IHR Amendments (WGIHR), to be finalized for the 77th WHA in 2024. The Assembly also adopted amendments to Article 59 of the IHR concerning the deadline for the entry into force of amendments to the Regulations, as well as consequential amendments to Articles 55, 61, 62, and 63.
The Assembly also adopted the recommendations of the Working Group on Sustainable Financing to increase assessed contributions gradually to represent 50% of WHO’s core budget by 2030-2031 at the latest.
The Executive Board (EB) decided to create a Standing Committee on Health Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response (HEPR), comprised of 14 EB members, intended to convene quickly in the event of a declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and to provide additional oversight to the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.