WHO Demands Countries Sign International Pandemic Agreement, Sparks Criticism

The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking world leaders to sign a new Pandemic Accord by May to prepare for future pandemics. Though the letter was signed by top world officials, including former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, many countries are skeptical about its intentions.

“Establishing a strong global pact on pandemics will protect future generations from a repeat of the millions of deaths and the social and economic devastation which resulted from a lack of collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter reads. “All countries need what the accord can offer: the capacity to detect and share pathogens presenting a risk, and timely access to tests, treatments and vaccines.”

The letter also claims that the global effort to contain the pandemic is threatened by “misinformation and disinformation.”

“Among the falsehoods circulating are allegations that the WHO intends to monitor people’s movements through digital passports; that it will take away the national sovereignty of countries; and that it will have the ability to deploy armed troops to enforce mandatory vaccinations and lockdowns.”

The letter claims that these allegations are false.

While the WHO claims that it is “disinformation,” part of the draft was leaked — which states that by signing, countries agree to allow the WHO to dictate all decisions involving healthcare, take away citizens’ rights and censor any information that they see potentially harmful to their cause, among other powers.

Dr. Leslyn Lewis, a Conservative Member of Parliament, posted her dissatisfaction on X, writing that the accord would take away the sovereignty of all countries involving healthcare and criticized the WHO for not allowing more time to study its contents.

The letter concludes by stating that there are no excuses for world leaders to not be prepared for the next pandemic.

One thing that has been learned from the past is that the WHO is not to be trusted, given its track record. It downplayed the West African Ebola outbreak. It also downplayed COVID’s transmission in Wuhan, claiming that it could only be spread by animals, which proved to be wrong.

Of the 194 countries that are members of the WHO, it is unclear how many will sign the accord and give up their freedoms.