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Merkel, EU back WHO launching negotiations on pandemic pact as Omicron spreads

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Merkel, EU back WHO launching negotiations on pandemic pact as Omicron spreads
Merkel, EU back WHO launching negotiations on pandemic pact as Omicron spreads   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">GENEVA</span> – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday the World Health Organisation required reliable financing with higher donations from member states, and she backed it launching negotiations for a binding international accord on preventing pandemics.</p> <p>Merkel was addressing health ministers at the start of a <span class="caps">WHO</span> special assembly after its 194 member states reached a tentative consensus to negotiate a future agreement on preventing pandemics, bridging the gap between sides led by the European Union and United States, diplomats said on Sunday.</p> <p>“As we speak, the global community is faced with the threat of a new, highly transmissible variant of <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19, Omicron,” Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President, told the three-day talks that are expected to conclude on Wednesday with the adoption of the draft resolution on launching negotiations.</p> <p/> </div>