G20 countries agree to WHO-monitored global health passports

G20 countries agree to WHO-monitored global health passports

On Wednesday, Canada committed $50 million towards the WHO’s Pandemic Fund, which includes funding for “emergency communications and management.” 

Earlier this week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the WHO will be the “custodians” of the so-called International Health Regulations. He said it’s important to “put in place the measures to make the world safer.”

Ghebreyesus said climate change, deforestation and urbanization will worsen future pandemics “unless we take concerted and coordinated action as one global community.”

Ghebreyesus also praised the Member States, which includes G20 countries, which affirmed commitment to the WHO’s International Health Regulations. While the WHO’s Pandemic Fund is vital, he said nations would maintain sovereignty. 

“Crucially, countries must be in the driver’s seat,” Ghebreyesus said. “The fund’s primary aim must be to support national plans.”

“As the custodian of the (International Health Regulations), WHO looks forward to playing its central coordinating role as Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel, and in providing technical leadership and guidance to the board.”