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Pandemic treaty talks pursue global 'equity' and 'right to health'

Negotiators are expected to submit a draft pandemic accord to the 194-nation World Health Assembly for approval next May.

A crowd of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 770 million cases of COVID-19 and millions of deaths prompted calls for the world to be better prepared for another pandemic. (AN/Xavi Cabrera/Unsplash)

The latest negotiating text of a global pandemic treaty reaffirms nations' sovereignty and promotes equity and right to health as guiding principles.

The World Health Organization's Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, which includes its 194 member countries, got back to work on drafting a proposed agreement aimed at strengthening the world's preparedness for another pandemic, WHO officials said on Thursday.

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