The following is an excerpt from Just the News.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, is pushing to establish a sweeping global agreement to combat future pandemics with the support of governments, health experts, and activists.
Last week, the World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making body, comprised of 194 member countries, convened in Geneva, Switzerland. Topping the agenda was the WHO's push to create a pandemic treaty.
The current working draft of the treaty would give the WHO more power to impose its recommendations to combat pandemics, potentially including lockdown measures and travel restrictions.
It also calls for the WHO to establish a "new global system for surveillance" and "to deploy proactive countermeasures against misinformation and social media attacks."
Additionally, the accord includes provisions for the development of digital vaccine certificates and contact tracing "in the international context."
Critics say the measures being discussed vastly expand the authority and resources of the WHO, which they argue would assume greater control of how nations respond to future pandemics at the expense of national sovereignty. (Continued...)
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