from Sputnik News:
As the global coronavirus pandemic has ‘exploited weaknesses’ and sown division and strife over vaccines and medical supplies, the president of the European Council has proposed to look ahead to the post-COVID world and consider the fact that this is not the first global health crisis, and probably won’t be the last.
In a world that is interconnected and interdependent, countries need to be able to rely on the strength of multilateralism and international cooperation when faced by global challenges of a scale such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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This is the underlying message of a call by 24 heads of state alongside Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, made in an op-ed published on Tuesday by The Telegraph and newspapers across the world, including Le Monde, El Pais, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French president Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others, underscore that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – “the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s” – is “a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe”.
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Britain’s Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance give an update at a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain March 29, 2021.
As countries struggle to roll out vaccines amid growing international tension over inoculation supplies, the leaders have denounced an isolationist and nationalist approach, urging that a treaty similar to the one forged after World War II be put in place to favour a new era of solidarity.
“At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system. The aims were clear – to bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and co-operation, namely peace, prosperity, health and security,” write the international heads of government and organisation leaders.
The leaders urged in their article that a global accord could boost cross-border co-operation ahead of any other potentially looming international health crisis, warning that the key question was not “if, but when” the next pandemic would strike.