World leaders name for pandemic treaty and WW2-style collaboration

LONDON – Leaders from countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia have called for a World War II-style treaty to “dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism” to respond to future pandemics in an open letter base published in several newspapers on Tuesday.

The proposed treaty would be based on the WHO constitution and aim to improve pandemic preparedness at the international level, so the letter with the next global issue health Emergency a question of “not if, but when”.

The letter was welcomed by 24 political leaders as well as the President of the European Council and the Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, written and published in the Daily Telegraph, El Pais, Spain and Le Monde, France.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among the signatories of the letter, which calls for greater international cooperation on dissemination Vaccinations and medical treatments, also as in the EU and the UK involved in a stream Dispute over vaccine exports from the continent.

World leaders describe the COVID-19 pandemic as “the greatest challenge facing the global community since the 1940s”.

“At that time, after the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system,” they wrote. “The goals were clear: to bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation, namely peace, prosperity, health and security.”

With vaccination rates that vary widely around the world, and richer countries were accused of hoarding vaccinesThe signatories said the pandemic was “a strong and painful reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Earlier this year, the Ghebreyesus told WHO that the world was “on the brink of catastrophic moral failure” that “would be paid for with living and livelihood in the world’s poorest countries due to global vaccine inequality”.

The COVAX The program, the global program to deliver vaccines to lower-income countries under the Accelerator Access to COVID-19 Tool (ACT), aims to distribute up to two billion doses of vaccines worldwide by the end of this year, especially to countries that they normally cannot afford in the market.

The US has pledged $ 4 billion for the program, however, the ONE campaign, a global movement to fight poverty called for the Biden government to send surplus vaccine doses abroad to countries in need.

To date, the richer countries in the west have pushed their vaccination programs much further than their poorer counterparts in South America, Asia and Africa.

While the US has given 42.9 vaccine doses per 100 people, the global rate is only 7.08 per 100 people Our world in data and the vaccination rate was particularly slow in Africa with only 0.74 administered doses per 100 people according to the same data.

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Former ambassador warns expiration of key nuclear treaty with Russia would make the U.S. ‘worse off’

The Biden government has urged the renewal of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia for five years, which expires on February 5. The nuclear deal regulates and limits how many nuclear weapons each country can have. Russian officials said on Friday they were welcome the news.

Michael McFaul told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that the expiry of New START with Russia would “put the USA in a worse position”.

“We would lose our ability to review, look inward and look at the Russian nuclear arsenal,” said McFaul, who served as US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. “Do you remember Ronald Reagan always saying,” Trust but check? “I say don’t trust, just check, and the new START contract allows us to do that. I think it’s the right decision by the new Biden team to renew it.”

Joel Rubin is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he has worked with members of Congress on various national security issues, including nuclear safety. He agreed with McFaul and told the story “The News with Shepard Smith” that the agreement will stabilize relations between the two nuclear powers.

“The Trump administration has tried to leverage the delay in the renewal of the treaty but has received nothing in return, which puts the entire treaty at risk,” said Rubin, who was also the policy director for Plowshares Fund, the country’s leading nuclear security company Foundation, endowment. “We need stability between the US and Russia, which together own more than 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. The renewal of New START will do that.”

Relations between Moscow and the US are in the midst of massive cyber attack against federal authorities, meddling in US elections and the recent arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexie Navalny. president Joe Biden will ask its director of the National Intelligence Service, Avril Haines, to review Russia’s interference in the 2020 elections Washington Post.

McFaul told host Shepard Smith that he believes the reaction against Russia will likely be sanctions, but that the Biden administration has a choice when it comes to penalties against Russia.

“The simple thing is to sanction a number of unnamed colonels, FSB, the successor group to the KGB, and tick the box,” McFaul said. “The bolder move would be to sanction some of those who make the Putin regime possible, including some economic oligarchs who support Putin.”

Rubin added that the US should also work closely with European and Asian allies to pressure Russia to change and address its internal repression and aggressive international behavior, “rather than pushing them away and easing diplomatic pressure on Russia, like the Trump administration did. “”

McFaul told Smith he wasn’t sure about President Joe Biden wanted to spend the political capital to get tougher with Russia because of domestic issues facing the US, including Covid and an economic crisis. McFaul added, however, that he believes Biden could do both.

“I think you could run and chew gum at the same time. I think you should be able to do both at the same time, but we’ll have to wait and see what they do,” McFaul said.

Rubin told “The News with Shepard Smith” that he believes it is time for the US to be “persistent” with Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

“We should not be afraid of Moscow, nor should we go to Moscow, nor should we expect that we can improve relations between the US and Russia through the diplomacy of children’s gloves,” said Rubin.