Former WHO Official: WHO Pandemic Treaty Will Effectively Take Away Countries’ Sovereignty Byand
A former World Health Organization (WHO) official, Dr. David Bell, said he is concerned about the proposed amendments to the U.N.’s 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR), also being called the pandemic treaty or pandemic accord. Bell said if ratified, the treaty would give power to a small group of WHO officials and effectively take away the sovereignty of countries around the globe.
“There are a lot of ways that even though it doesn’t directly change sovereignty, in effect it does, it takes away the ability of the people of that country to make their own decisions,” Bell said during an interview with EpochTV’s American Thought Leaders program.
Bell is the former WHO program head for malaria and febrile diseases at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva and director of Global Health Technologies at the Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good Fund. He is currently on the board of Pandemics Data & Analytics (PANDA), a group studying the world’s response to COVID-19.
Amendments to the IHR were considered in the initial draft (pdf) of the global pandemic treaty by the World Health Assembly on May 22–26 and the final draft will need to be passed by 50 percent of member countries next year, then the treaty will need to be ratified by individual governments in two-thirds of the WHO member countries.
Ranking Member of the House global health subcommittee, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) warned that the potential changes to IHR, specifically the ones the Biden administration is seeking, will undermine U.S. sovereignty.
“The Biden Administration’s absurd proposal to surrender U.S. sovereignty to the corrupt World Health Organization (WHO) is an egregious breach of the constitutional principle that will lead to less accountability and more misconduct by this problematic UN agency,” Smith said in a press statement.