Public lecture by Dr. Remco van de Pas, Health Policy Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, followed by a discussion with all participants
The German Government has put its weight behind the proposal of the EU Council, Dr. Tedros of WHO and 20 more heads of states to discuss and negotiate an international pandemic treaty, or more precisely, a Framework Convention for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
While there has been already much geopolitical debate about the content and frame of such a treaty, a crucial question remains neglected. What are the structural issues that have led to the ongoing pandemic in the first place? While the treaty has the objective to enhance preparedness and response for a next pandemic, it may fail to enable the urgent transformation and politics needed to ensure socio-economic wellbeing and ecological restoration.
The treaty is made for a global risk society that tries to minimalize risks of future health emergencies. It takes an insurance type approach, including financial liability instruments, as a safeguard for future risks and damages . Despite all lofty goals, it is hence a much reactive approach, mainly trying to secure and justify the current political status quo including its global injustices. This has included an ever increasing “multi stakeholder approach” to Global Health Governance. After seeing big philanthropic foundations, private pharmaceutical companies and corporate networks like the World Economic Forum entering the scene, is it now the private insurance model that is shaping the global response to Pandemic preparedness and response?
Dr. Remco van de Pas, researcher at the Health Policy Unit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and a long standing Global Health activist with Medicus Mundi International and the Geneva Global Health Hub will give us some thought provoking analysis and positions and discuss them with the audience after the lecture.