The wheels are in motion for the World Health Organization (WHO) to attempt its power-grab over healthcare decision-making during future pandemics, which it claims the right to define. We must act now before lawmakers in Washington sign over our rights to these unelected bureaucrats. Action Alert!
- Your health freedom is being threatened by the development of a global, centralized, undemocratic public health apparatus that aims to give primacy of control over pandemic responses to the unaccountable WHO.
- The international agreements being negotiated to accomplish this task that would mean ceding US sovereign control to the WHO could gain approval via a backdoor loophole without needing approval by both chambers of Congress.
- If you care about preserving health freedom, please send a message to Congress opposing this global interference in the healthcare decision-making of the American people!
Are you prepared to sit by and accept the ceding of US control over healthcare decision-making in the event of another pandemic to unelected, unaccountable global bureaucrats? Powerful forces are working in the shadows to create the legal and financial basis for an elaborate public health apparatus to direct and coordinate the international response to vaguely-defined global and regional health threats.
The mechanisms for this centralization of power are a group of proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) and a separate pandemic accord (informally referred to as a “treaty”). Last year, we summarized some of the main threats these negotiations represent to health freedom. To make matters worse, it’s possible that President Biden will try to get these changes through without the approval of Congress. As very few people seem to be paying attention to this, it is imperative that we make our voices heard and share this information widely.
What complicates matters is that there is still a lot of negotiation that is in process before a intergovernmental decision is made at the forthcoming, next World Health Assembly in May. There have been over 300 amendments to the IHR, and on January 15 of this year, countries submitted proposals for further amendments. These will be considered at the eighth Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) meeting from February 19 to March 1, 2024. We don’t even know exactly what kind of document the Pandemic Accord is—a treaty, convention, agreement, accord…? Both the IHR amendments and the Pandemic Accord will be submitted for discussion at the 77th World Health Assembly in May 2024 (see proposed agenda).
The lack of clarity on the nature of these documents, particularly the Pandemic Accord, has massive ramifications. The problem is that the IHR amendments and the Pandemic Accord may not meet the technical definition of a “treaty” under federal law, meaning they could be pushed through a backdoor without getting the approval of two-thirds of the Senate, which is the constitutional requirement for the approval of international treaties.
Indeed, the draft of the Pandemic Accord includes a clause that the accord will go into effect on a “provisional” basis as soon as it’s signed by delegates to the WHO and would, therefore, be legally binding on members without being ratified by legislatures. The draft accord does state that it “shall be subject to ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by States,” but that is no guarantee. For example, the Obama Administration did an end-run around the Senate to sign the Paris Climate Agreement claiming it wasn’t a treaty. It appears President Biden is poised to do something similar here.
The amendments to the IHRs—if approved at the 77th meeting of the WHA in May—do not require Senate approval and would also be legally binding on the United States.
So much for democracy!
The concern over democratic processes being circumvented led several US Senators to introduce legislation to specifically prevent that from happening. Generally speaking, these bills would require any convention or agreement resulting from the work of the WHO’s INB be deemed a treaty, requiring the advice and consent of a supermajority of the Senate.
You can read more in-depth and technical discussions of the massive problems with these documents by reading our previous article on this topic and/or perusing the work of Dr. David Bell, Dr. Silvia Behrendt (both of which were former WHO officials), and our colleagues at ANH International.
The IHR amendments, in particular, represent a clear threat to health autonomy, one of the four essential principles of medical ethics. For example, one proposed amendment would compel countries to “recognize WHO as the guidance and coordinating authority of international public health response during public health Emergency of International Concern and undertake to follow WHO’s recommendations in their international public health response (emphasis added).” This can be interpreted as requiring states to follow WHO recommendations during a public health emergency, which, per some amendments, could require individuals to be vaccinated, to quarantine, or isolate.
Among the many problems with the Pandemic Accord is that it calls on members to “tackle false, misleading, misinformation or disinformation.” This is almost certainly designed to undermine free speech when it comes to discussing the impacts of alternatives to WHO-approved treatments (e.g. mass mRNA vaccination), an issue we’ve written about extensively. Silencing those who suggest alternatives to, or are critical of, universal vaccination with novel mRNA technology is an absurd perspective given the uncertainty of the science on synthetic biology vaccines, the different needs among different groups of people, and the decade’s worth of science on the multiple ways the human immune system can be supported. In fact, our colleagues at ANH-International put together a detailed chart demonstrating how dissenters ended up being correct on a number of points throughout the pandemic, from the utility of masks and lockdowns to COVID vaccine safety, the importance of natural immunity, and beyond.
We must voice our staunch opposition to this descent into totalitarianism NOW to prevent global public health overreach, overreach that is so all-encompassing it would override the very basis of the US Constitution on which America was built.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and tell them you oppose the IHR amendments and the Pandemic Treaty. Please send your message immediately.