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‘Undermines Sovereignty’ — UK Rejects Signing W.H.O. Global Vaccine Treaty

by Simon Kent

A global vaccine treaty being drafted by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) is to be rejected by Britain amid concerns it would have to give away a fifth of its jabs while ceding sovereignty to the unelected U.N. subsidiary.

The Daily Telegraph reported that according to a draft of the pandemic accord being negotiated at the W.H.O., richer countries should be asked to help world cope with pandemics, including giving over 20 percent of tests, treatments and vaccines for the W.H.O. to distribute in poorer countries during emergencies at its discretion.

“We will only support the adoption of the accord and accept it on behalf of the UK, if it is firmly in the UK national interest and respects national sovereignty,” a spokesperson for Britain’s Department of Health and Social Care confirmed in a statement to Reuters.

The spokesperson did not comment on the details of the specific accord proposals, adding “no proposals have been agreed” as other countries also rally to reject the plea for a “global pandemic treaty.”

The new pact – first proposed in 2021 – and a series of updates since to existing rules for dealing with pandemics from the W.H.O. are intended to establish central control in the wake of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

One of the main points of disagreement is the issue of sharing drugs and vaccines.`


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