A former WHO official explains how the WHO’s pandemic treaty aims to strip countries of their sovereignty.
Posted on 1.6.2022 by Masooma Haq & Jan Jelielek
A former official of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. David Bell, is worried about the revision of the International Health Regulations (IHR) from 2005 of the United Nations, what is more commonly known as the treaty on the pandemic. According to Dr Bell, if the treaty is ratified, all power will revert to a small group of WHO officials, which will deprive de facto countries around the world of their sovereignty.
“There are many ways to alter the sovereignty of a country, if they don’t do it directly, however, that is what actually happens. The people of such a country no longer have any decision-making power.says Dr. Bell on the show American Thought Leaders from EpochTV.
David Bell is the former WHO Program Leader for Malaria and Febrile Diseases as a Fellow of the Foundation for Innovation in New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva and Director of Global Health Technologies at Global Good Fund of Intellectual Ventures. He is now part of Pandemics Data & Analytics (PANDA), a group that analyzes the world’s response to Covid-19.
Amendments to the IHR were considered when drafting the initial draft (pdf) of the global treaty on the pandemic by the World Health Assembly from May 22 to 26. The final draft must be adopted by 50% of member countries next year, and then the treaty must be ratified by the governments of two-thirds of WHO member countries.
Rep. Chris Smith (Republican-New Jersey), a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Global Health, pointed out that possible changes to the IHR, particularly those desired by the Biden administration, will attack on the sovereignty of the United States.
” The absurd proposal of the Biden administration to relinquish US sovereignty to the corrupt World Health Organization (WHO) is a flagrant violation of constitutional principle that will lead to less accountability and more wrongdoing on the part of this problematic UN agency”Mr. Smith said in a Press release.
The Biden administration is pushing for amendments to give WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus unilateral decision-making power to declare a public health emergency in any country based on evidence he chooses .
Among the amendments proposed by the United States, one repeals an existing requirement in Section 9 that the WHO must “consult and seek verification” with officials of a country in which a health crisis is suspected before making any public statement.
On the first day of the 75e plenary session of the World Health Assemblyon May 22, Mr. Ghebreyesus called the proposed treaty an important part of “the global architecture for health emergency preparedness”.
“The international agreement, which member states are negotiating, will provide a much-needed overarching legal framework in which we make ten recommendations in three key areas. First, we need coherent, inclusive and accountable governance. Second, we need stronger systems and tools to prevent, detect and respond quickly to health emergencies. And third, we need adequate and effective funding at the national and international level. »
David Bell believes that the power the treaty gives to the Director General (DG) and Regional Directors would undermine the sovereignty of nations, as these WHO officials would have power over the institutions of countries.
“The implications for business and economic activities are enormous. We empower a person and an emergency committee that the DG consults. The DG was put in place under the amendments of the IHR, but he is not obliged to follow the conclusions presented by this committee. He can override this committee and continue to declare a public health emergency if he deems it necessary. »
Separately, Dr. Bell worries that private corporations are pouring billions of dollars into WHO and pandemic initiatives. Private sector donors could influence the CEO or Regional Directors. According to him, these donors could have an influence on “issues that have an enormous impact on the health and freedom of individuals and populations. »
Not only does the treaty give too much power to the DG, but it could benefit some countries, Dr Bell continues.
WHO “is of course promoting a whole new way of managing health and managing health decision-making, especially in the face of epidemics, and this is clearly to the benefit of WHO donors. And all of this, because of the harm it does to economies and democracy, is a potential benefit for some WHO member countries.”says Dr. Bell. “It would be very surprising if these countries did not use this advantage to put their strategic interests before those of rival countries. »
The change in funding became clear in March 2020, when orthodox public health policies were abandoned in the face of Covid and containment measures were put in place despite exorbitant costs. Until then, the measures proposed by the WHO took into account the cost-benefit ratio, by including the costs in terms of the mental health of the population, in terms of the health of society as a whole. According to Dr Bell, the containment measures adopted in the face of Covid have caused more harm than good.
Lockdown has never been considered a normal public health measure. This is an extreme measure because it has many consequences and the costs are high for the population.
David Bell is above all worried about the establishment, within the framework of the treaty on pandemicsa periodic review mechanism to check whether countries are complying with the recommendations made by the IHR.
“The WHO, it seems, is looking to have some powers of censorship and control of information, which again is going to make it extremely complicated if you end up with a bureaucracy whose existence depends on pandemics, because they will have a vested interest in finding outbreaks, declaring them potential pandemics, and responding to them. This is how they can exist. »
Pandemics are rare and “with the exception of the pre-antibiotic era, the mortality rate is very low”continues Dr. Bell.
David Bell thinks the treaty “will make containment, globally, the definitive measure to fight against pandemics”.
Due to recent lockdowns, “at least 140 million people have joined the status of people living on the brink of famine”, access to medical care has been undermined, the supply chain is experiencing an unprecedented crisis, as well as education or the economy of many countries. According to Dr. Bell, if the lockdowns are reinstated, they will only make these problems worse.
It would also be abnormal for the WHO to set up a bureaucratic structure that usurps state power over “health emergencies”, while pandemics remain extremely rare, Dr Bell continues.
If the pandemic treaty is approved by the World Health Assembly, “we find ourselves faced with a bureaucracy whose existence will depend on surveillance activities carried out to try to find outbreaks of viruses, models that could suggest … exponential growth, which is not really biologically plausible. This data will then be used to trigger pandemics, close borders, do that sort of thing.”said Mr. Bell.
The response to the Covid outbreak was unusual and contrary to what is best for public health as it focused on pharmaceuticals, Mr Bell said. According to him, increased funding from private donors and Big Pharma will lead to similar responses to future “health emergencies” declared by the CEO.
“So if you look at it from a business perspective… It’s a very sensible business strategy. We remain focused on selling a product for a disease that affects everyone. »
It is these huge private interests that have transformed the WHO and its public health policies, according to Dr. Bell.
According to him, the RSI amendments evoke a ” threatens “ pandemic that can be totally recovered by the private sector, responsible for collecting the figures and developing solutions.
” It is important to note that [la définition d’une pandémie]… does not take into account the degree of seriousness. This is a very vague definition, which is not established in clear terms by the WHO. It is basically the large-scale spread of a pathogen, virus or bacteria. Disease doesn’t have to kill people. It doesn’t matter how serious it is. It just needs to spread. »
The same private investors who fund WHO projects fund training in high schools and universities in North America and Europe, says Dr. Bell.
“It’s about training the people who work in these organizations. They fund research on a large number of diseases… and fund groups to model pandemics”such as those of Imperial College London and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, USA.
“But ultimately it comes down to one person or a very small group of people being extremely influential. »
David Bell invites readers to get involved, people to get organized, contact their representatives, ask questions about the public health system, its structure, its orientations, conflicts of interest. Countries need to be able to make rational decisions “based on the needs of the population and not on profit”.