Expert comment - World Health Assembly agrees for global treaty to strengthen pandemic prevention1 December 2021 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine https://lshtm.ac.uk/themes/custom/lshtm/images/lshtm-logo-black.png
Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), reacts: "I welcome this important agreement. Although a first step, and there will be bumpy roads ahead, it is the beginning of a journey to an accord that will better protect everyone, everywhere, from future pandemics.
“COVID-19 caught the world off guard and revealed the inequalities in our society to a greater degree than ever before. Low income countries continue to be adversely affected through disturbing moral issues such as vaccine nationalism. Higher income countries must not only step up now, but also ensure this accord is realised.
“Without their commitment, a meaningful agreement could be out of reach.”
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