The far-reaching US proposals to amend the International Health Regulations at the upcoming 75th World Health Assembly: A call for attention

Author: Dr Silvia Behrendt
Published: 18.05.2022
The upcoming 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) to be held in Geneva from 22-28th May 2022 will potentially adopt far-reaching amendments to the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR). The IHR is currently the most important multilateral treaty regulating the global architecture for health emergency, preparedness, response and resilience (HEPR architecture). The extensive amendments to the IHR have been initiated by the United States (US), listed as agenda item WHA75/18 for the 75th WHA. The amendments are already backed by 19 co-sponsor states and the EU.    As of yet, there has been almost no public awareness or debate of the…