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Disease Control: Treaties

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 3753, tabled on 17 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to agree to an international treaty on pandemic prevention.

Answered on

24 May 2022

COVID-19 has demonstrated that no-one is safe until we are all safe, and that effective global cooperation is needed to better protect the UK and other countries around the world from the detrimental health, social and economic impacts of pandemics and other health threats. The UK supports a new international legally-binding instrument as part of a comprehensive approach to pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. The Prime Minister joined other world leaders calling for a pandemic treaty in March 2021.

The current target date for agreeing the text of the new instrument is May 2024 at the World Health Assembly (WHA). Over the next two years the UK will work towards building a consensus on how the global community can better prevent, prepare for, and respond to future pandemics and will actively shape, develop and negotiate the text.