Health Policy Watch

“...The draft pandemic document addresses diverse and complex areas such as One Health, global supply chain, local production of health products, research and development, transfer of technology and know-how, access to pandemic products, pathogen and benefit sharing, and sustainable and predictable financing for PPPR. Its overarching goal is to achieve health security with equity in all these aspects. ...”

“... One Health 

Live animal markets have been a hotspot for pathogen transmission to humans – one of the many issues that One Health principles aim to address.

Negotiators have worked intensively on how to integrate the One Health approach into the Pandemic Agreement. This approach acknowledges the interconnection between the health of people, animals, and ecosystems, marking its first inclusion in an international legally binding instrument.

Developed countries are the main supporters of this approach, while several developing countries have shown concern about the binding regulatory burden as well as the associated costs that One Health provisions in the agreement might impose on them.  Some developing countries have also expressed a concern that tight prescriptions on One Health may result in unpredictable obstacles to their agricultural trade.

Despite these concerns, there seems to be a consensus on the importance of the inclusion of One Health as an essential approach to PPPR, especially in light of the fact that it is estimated that 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, along with the adoption of selected measures that consider national circumstances. Further discussions after the World Health Assembly have been proposed, potentially to be included in a future Annex, but the outcome remains uncertain and will likely depend on the negotiations’ final stages. ...”

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