Q. Consider the following statements regarding draft international pandemic treaty:
1) Treaty was proposed at World Health Assembly (WHA).
2) It proposes protection from pandemics based on equity and human rights.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C

Statement 1 is correct. The genesis of the treaty was at the second special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) held in December 2021, which formally launched the process for the development of the historical global accord.

The vision of the draft is to protect from consequences of pandemic based on “equity, human rights and solidarity”. It talked about achieving universal health coverage, enhancing local production of medical resources, promoting genetic sequence monitoring and data sharing as well as recognising socio-economic impacts of such crises.