Global Governance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response post COVID-19
COVID-19 has demonstrated the limits of current global governance mechanisms for pandemic preparedness and response. The International Health Regulations (2005), the key tool for international cooperation in the area of health security, has widely been shown to have failed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a meaningful response. As a consequence, multiple processes have begun to strengthen global efforts to prepare, prevent, detect and respond to epidemic events. This includes:
Revisions to the International Health Regulations (2005)
Development of a pandemic treaty or instrument
Development of a Financial Intermediary Fund at the World Bank
Ongoing efforts through the United Nations, G7 and G20
This session will consider these proposals and question whether they can overcome the challenges and failures identified in global health security during the pandemic.
Dr Clare Wenham, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science