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The EU and the Global Fight Against Cross-border Health Threats: From the International Health Regulations to an International Pandemic Treaty



The opening of the negotiations on an International Pandemic Treaty under the auspices of the World Health Organization opens an opportunity for the European Union to play a more significant role in the global fight against cross-border health threats. The Union’s ability to seize that opportunity will largely depend upon the legal instrument that will be negotiated and the material scope of the agreement. The Union should argue in favour of negotiating a convention under Article 19 of the WHO Constitution and incorporating preparedness and response measures that go beyond public health to cover trade, human rights, environmental concerns or economic matters.


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