The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently holding its 76th World Health Assembly from May 21 to 30 in Geneva, Switzerland.
During this meeting, delegates from all 194 member states will discuss, among other things, the controversial planned amendments to the International Health Regulations and the so-called “pandemic treaty.” These guidelines could strip nations of their sovereignty and give the WHO near total control in the case of a pandemic.
The current timeline
The amendments and the pandemic treaty will be finalized and put to a vote in one year from now, at the 77th World Health Assembly in 2024, according to the WHO’s timeline.
The IHR amendments will need a simple majority to pass. If the amendments pass as expected, member states will have a 10-month time window to reject the amendments. The new regulations will then take effect in May 2025.
The pandemic treaty is going to need a two-thirds majority of the member states’ delegates to pass. If accepted, the treaty “will be adopted under Article 19 of the WHO Constitution – an article that allows the WHO to impose legally binding conventions on the WHO’s 194 member states.”