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The World Must Challenge China’s Attack on Public Health Transparency, Says AHF

January 11, 2022 GMT

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 10, 2022--

AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) expressed alarm and disappointment today over China’s reported move to delete language supporting rapid World Health Organization (WHO) access to outbreak sites in future pandemics from a key document related to the negotiations of a new pandemics treaty. This development was first reported by the Health Policy Watch and attributed to a diplomatic source.

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“From the outset, the pandemic got a head start of many months because there was a lack of transparency, accountability, and cooperation – precisely the things we desperately need in a new Global Public Health Convention,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “The treaty negotiations are not even fully underway yet, but China is already moving to undermine the fundamental tenets of public health to the detriment of the entire world. Entering the third year of the pandemic, we are all still paying the price for those delays while the origins of SARS-CoV-2 remain an unanswered question. If the community of nations is serious about addressing the danger of future pandemics, Member States must not allow China or any other nation to unilaterally block provisions that would allow scientists to quickly access and respond to new outbreaks on the ground.”

The document in question is an interim report by the Member States Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR). It summarizes a series of proposals and recommendations for the prospective treaty as the World Health Assembly prepares to formulate the first draft of the instrument and begin the negotiations.

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AHF has called for transparency throughout the pandemic, particularly from China, which has prohibited investigators from accessing personnel, facilities, and early case data that could help determine the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

As countries start to stake out their positions on the treaty, there is an ever-present danger that the imperatives of global public health might once again succumb to political interests, ultimately leaving the world exposed to pandemics. The Member States would do well to remember the 5.5 million people who lost their lives to COVID-19 because the world was unprepared and slow to respond.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million clients in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

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CONTACT: US MEDIA CONTACT:

Ged Kenslea,Senior Director, Communications, AHF

+1.323.308.1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile

gedk@aidshealth.org

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy &

Communications, AHF

+1 323.308.1829

denys.nazarov@ahf.org

KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA BELGIUM CHINA LUXEMBOURG UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC EUROPE

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: AIDS PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASES PUBLIC POLICY GENERAL HEALTH

SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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