On March 30th, leaders from 23 countries plus the heads of the World Health Organization and the European Union called for a new international treaty to confront the next pandemic.
In a joint statement that was published in news outlets around the world, major European powers were joined by presidents and prime ministers in the Africa, Latin America, and Asia to support the idea of a new treaty on pandemic preparedness and response.
On the line with me to discuss this potential new treaty is Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. We kick off discussing the contents of this joint op-ed and what it suggests might be included in a pandemic treaty? We also discuss how the ideas contained in the op-ed may eventually be included in some sort of global agreement or formal international treaty.
If you have 20 minutes and want to learn why the idea of an international pandemic treaty is gaining traction and how it might help the world confront the next pandemic, have a listen