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Nations work to update draft of WHO's proposed pandemic treaty

The treaty takes aim at the huge inequalities in health care and access to products such as vaccines, therapeutics and tests that the COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus.

A screenshot of WHO's live webcast of the treaty negotiations
A screenshot of WHO's live webcast of the treaty negotiations, including items later deleted, led by Intergovernmental Negotiating Body co-chair Precious Matsoso of South Africa (AN/WHO)

GENEVA (AN) – Negotiators hammered out language towards a new draft of the World Health Organization's proposed pandemic treaty, but it remains far from ratification.

The meeting report approved on Friday after several days of talks, including portions conducted behind closed doors, calls for further "informal intercessional work" among parties that have a stake in the process. After lengthy debate about whether to call for input from "proponents" or "experts," text to that effect was deleted.

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