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The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken the first steps towards changing global health emergency guidelines

Geneva, May 29 (BNA): Countries around the The world on Saturday passed an initial U.S.-led reform of epidemic rules, known as the International Health Regulations (IHR), the United States said.

The amendments, adopted at the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly, were agreed at a meeting seen as a unique chance for the UN health agency to strengthen its role after some 15 million deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. , reported Reuters.

The breakthrough – amendments to Article 59 of the IHR that will speed up the implementation of reforms – came after early opposition from Africa and others was overcome this week.

The changes sought by Washington, and supported by others like Japan and the European Union, mark a first step in a broader reform of the IHR, which defines countries’ legal obligations regarding epidemics, which is expected to take until two years.

Sheba Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, hailed the initial amendments and an agreement to establish a working group to consider targeted substantive amendments as a “significant accomplishment.”

“An updated and modernized IHR will help all countries and ensure that we have informationthe resources, capacity and transparency needed to address future global health crises,” she said in a statement.

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