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Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency


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Good. This is just a blatant attempt to usurp national sovereignty. The UN is trying to ram this through by ignoring the mandatory 4-month consideration period for any proposed changes.

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The WHO is politically weak. They can't stand up even to a country that isn't really funding them, China. Basically, China didn't like the mandated early notifications and shutting down their border.

China doesn't like science under the current political leaders there. From 2016-2020, the US had the same issue and that lead far too much of the world to make bad choices.

The WHO needs to look at the actual results from COVID by the countries which were most successful in avoiding deaths, but not destroying their economies, while still having some international connections.

What the US did was fund the best vaccines for COVID and bring huge resources and scientific testing to that effort. In less than 1 yr, multiple, safe, effective, vaccines were available. These vaccines had scientific proof, shared results for review by world experts. 2 other large countries put out much less effective (50% and less) (cough - Russia and China) vaccines.

Cuba has a fantastic vaccine program. They do amazing things with very little. That needs to be supported. Imaging if they were given 10x the money to work on their vaccines - how much quicker could it has been produced for nations that can't blow $1.5B on vaccines - like most of Africa and South America. I'm surprised that those countries haven't committed, outside the UN/WHO, to fund Cuba for low cost vaccines going forward. Seems like a win-win-win-win-win. Heck, India needs low-cost vaccines and certainly has vaccine manufacturing expertise.

Recently, new bugs seem to come from China and Africa. Africa usually hasn't mattered that much because people there aren't mobile. China, OTOH, seems to be highly mobile and sends people around the world. In China, the cause seems to be poor lab processes and/or poor sanitation of their "wet" markets where many different live animals are mixed in tight areas, aiding the spread of diseases across different species. Until China corrects that with stronger sanitation laws that are actually followed, the world will be screwed.

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"Addressing the merits, the panel held that the district court misapplied the Supreme Court’s decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), in concluding that the Policy survived rational basis review. Jacobson held that mandatory vaccinations were rationally related to preventing the spread of smallpox. Here, however, plaintiffs allege that the vaccine does not effectively prevent spread but only mitigates symptoms for the recipient and therefore is akin to a medical treatment, not a “traditional” vaccine. Taking plaintiffs’ allegations as true at this stage of litigation, plaintiffs plausibly alleged that the COVID-19 vaccine does not effectively “prevent the spread” of COVID-19. Thus, Jacobson does not apply."

In: Case: 22-55908, 06/07/2024, ID: 12890145, DktEntry: 54-1, Page 1 of 33 In Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Los Angeles Unified School District!

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Japan did better than most countries, not shutting businesses down nor stopping people from getting fresh air with a walk in the park. In Canada and in the US people were arrested for being outside in a park...At the slightest threat both Canada and the US proved themselves to be anything other than the countries of "freedom" that they claim to be. Their true colours came through during the pandemic. Kudos to Japan for not falling prey to panic

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