World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries on Monday to support a pandemic preparedness treaty.

He warned that it would be a “monumental error” to think the danger of COVID-19 has passed.

Tedros said that a potential international treaty will be discussed in a special session of WHO members in November.

Tedros urged all WHO Member States to commit to vaccinating at least 10 percent of the global population by the end of September and at least 30 percent by the end of the year.

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Tedros also stressed that the United Nations agency needed more funding for the technical support and guidance that the agency provided to countries.

“An international agreement of any kind must be designed and owned by all Member States,” said Tedros.

Countries  “can only truly keep their own people safe if they are accountable to each other at the global level”, Tedros said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

Globally, as of 30 May 2021, there have been 169,597,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO, including 3,530,582 deaths. As of 27 May 2021, a total of 1,546,316,352 vaccine doses have been administered.

Tedros: “It must be truly representative and inclusive, it must be thorough and carefully considered, but it must also be urgent because we don’t have time.”

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