The First Working Draft of the WHO’s ‘Pandemic Treaty’: attempting to cover normative gaps indicated by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Author: Nasiya Daminova
Published: 13.10.2022
Given its cross-border nature and the threat to global health, the COVID-19 crisis has shown the world the importance of strengthening global pandemic governance. In particular, the pandemic has prominently indicated significant flaws in the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) as the current instrument governing pandemics. In addition to recognizing that revisions are urgently needed to the IHR (2005), a call to adopt a new international legal instrument that specifically governs pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response began at the end of 2020. Spearheaded by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, the pandemic treaty idea gathered support from a…