There is no such thing as a “pandemic treaty” as per the government source of Namibia. The so-called “conservative right” or “conservative” press in the United States are the source of false reports and conspiracy theories around such a deal.
The fraudulent allegations and conspiracy theories have been spreading on social media platforms all over the globe up to the month of May 2022, and they have made their way into the social media platforms in Namibia.
According to the American fact checking organisation FactCheck.org, former US congressman Michele Bachmann made the statement for the first time in an interview on May 9, 2022.
Since then, it was reiterated by a variety of other US news agencies that are considered to be on the “right wing,” and it was amplified on social networks in the lead-up to, during, and after the 75th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO), which happened from 22-28 May 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The conspiracy theories and lies that are being propagate by these US channels relate to the formation of an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB), which will be co-chaired by South Africa and The Netherlands. The INB’s mission is to “draught and negotiate a WHO conference, agreement or other international mechanism on pandemic prevention, emergency preparedness.”
According to the so-called ‘right wing’ US sources, this still-to-be-determined “convention, agreement or other international instrument,” which they’ve labelled a ‘pandemic treaty,’ will rob countries, in this case specifically the United States, of their sovereignty while also handing the WHO power over setting the health policies of those countries.
The undisputed truths.
There is no “pandemic treaty” that came from or was agreed upon during the 75th World Health Assembly or any earlier World Health Assembly. This is true for all of the World Health Assembly meetings.
The International Health Regulations (IHR), whose current iteration has been in effect since 2005, are the current framework that binds nations to rolling out worldwide responses to significant health emergencies. These regulations have been in existence since 2005.
The International Health Regulations (IHR) have been in effect since 1969, and its purpose is to “establish nations’ rights and duties in addressing public health incidents and emergencies that have the potential to transcend boundaries.”
On the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a webpage devoted to the IHR. On that homepage, it states: “The IHR are an instrument of international law that is legally obligatory on 196 nations, including the 194 WHO Member States.”
The International Health Regulations (IHR) originated as a means of combating the lethal epidemics that used to sweep over Europe. They provide nations with rights and impose responsibilities upon them, one of which is the responsibility to report occurrences of public health emergencies.
The Regulations also detail the criteria that must be used in order to ascertain whether or not a certain occurrence qualifies as a “public health emergency of international significance.”
The Namibian health officials were also required to come out and disprove accusations about a so-called “pandemic treaty.” They did so by publishing a statement on June 2, 2022, and then sharing the message on social media so that the general public may have immediate access to it.
After receiving a petition on June 1, 2022 from a group calling itself the “Concerned Citizens Group of Namibia,” which cites a “pandemic treaty,” the health ministry released a statement, which was made by executive director Ben Nangombe. The statement followed the filing of the petition.
In response, the ministry issued a long statement that goes as follows: “the Ministry wants to emphasise clearly that no official of the Namibian Government has signed or approved any ‘Pandemic Treaty.’” It is necessary to explain that there is not currently any instrument that fits this description (our emphasis)”