Health Policy Watch | September 14, 2023
Lawrence O. Gostin is “confident” that countries will adopt a pandemic accord at the 2024 World Health Assembly.
The question is whether it will include the kind of “robust norms” necessary to ensure that the new accord is “transformative” with respect to correcting disparities and injustices uncovered in the last pandemic, and effective in its enforcement of new norms.
As the head of Georgetown’s WHO Collaborating Center in national and global health law, Gostin is playing a key behind-the-scenes role in negotiations.
Here is his take on what is at stake and what choices need to be made.