On February 19, Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, U.S. chief pandemic negotiator, will lead a U.S. interagency delegation to the World Health Organization’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Board (INB) in Geneva, Switzerland, for the eighth round of negotiations on an international instrument to strengthen global pandemic prevention , preparedness and response. The delegation includes representatives from the Departments of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to work together to find solutions to improve global pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. Infectious diseases know no national borders, and the best way to prevent the next pandemic is to improve both national and global capacities. U.S. leadership in these negotiations will help ensure we reduce the risk of outbreaks affecting the lives and livelihoods of Americans, the vast majority of which occur outside the United States. The United States is the world’s leading funder of global health and pandemic preparedness. Since 2021, the United States has committed nearly $48 billion to global health efforts, including nearly $16 billion worldwide to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting critical response efforts and providing hundreds of millions of vaccine doses for more countries provided more than 100 people, along with therapeutics, oxygen and other medical supplies. The US goals for these negotiations are:

  • Improving countries’ ability to prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to pandemic emergencies and provide clear, credible and consistent information to their citizens
  • Ensure that all countries share data and laboratory samples from emerging outbreaks quickly and transparently to facilitate response efforts, including the rapid development of safe and effective vaccines, tests and treatments, and
  • Support more equitable access to and delivery of vaccines, testing, treatments and other containment measures to quickly contain outbreaks, reduce illness and deaths, and minimize the impact on the economic and national security of people around the world.

Taken together, these actions will make the United States and the world safer. The United States is committed to working with all WHO Member States to develop a new international instrument that achieves these goals and promotes global health security for all people.

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