In December 2021, members of the World Health Assembly agreed to draft an agreement under the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen the world’s pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. The plan has been to develop a draft, accept comments and amendments during 2023, and sign it into law in 2024. For the record, The OP posted our grave concerns about this back in 2021.
An Intergovernmental Governing Body (IGB) has been drafting this document, and they will be accepting feedback from “relevant stakeholders” regarding the final draft, as well as the addition of amendments. There are about 220 relevant stakeholders participating in this. Not surprisingly, they include civil society, academic, and health groups; the pharmaceutical industry is also well-represented, along with agribusiness groups. Some of these negotiations have been open to the media. Many have not.
President Biden has supported this effort from the beginning, and American groups represent some of the relevant stakeholders.
Much ado has been made over this the past few weeks, with voices on the right saying it’s going to kill Americans and voices on the fact-checking left scoffing at all those conspiracy theorists who think the U.S. would sign over sovereignty to an international body.
Here’s what you need to know straight from the treaty draft itself.
So, what’s in this thing?
Let’s start off with the Zero Draft. This is public information readily available on WHO’s website. It’s about 30 pages long, so it’s readable. I’ll share some highlights.
Article 4, Section 3 states:
States have. . . the sovereign right to determine and manage their approach to public health, notably pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of health systems, pursuant to their own policies and legislation, provided that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries. (emphasis mine)
Who determines the damage threshold for when a nation loses its sovereignty? They don’t address that.
Article 10, Section 3h gets a lot of conservatives worked up.
It states that the WHO will receive 20% of pandemic related materials (vaccines, diagnostic tools, PPE, therapeutics) from wealthier countries for “equitable distribution” among poorer ones. And it involves “real-time” access, which means that the WHO will take their 20% when they want it, not when richer countries are ready to donate extra supplies.
Article 11, Section 4c addresses the need to strengthen and reinforce public health functions for surveillance using the One Health approach. One Health is a concept that gets addressed more thoroughly in Article 18.
Article 11 Section 4h addresses the need to create and maintain digital health and data science capacities. This translates to keeping everyone’s medical records online and readily available to health professionals. There are practical applications for this (like making sure people aren’t prescribed contra-indicated medications), but the privacy concerns are legitimate, too.
Article 15, Section 2 recognizes the WHO as the central authority, and gives the director general authority to declare pandemics. This means a director general in Europe could theoretically declare a pandemic in Southeast Asia without ever having set foot on the ground there. Incidentally, Southeast Asians see this potential, even though Americans may not. They’re concerned about it.
Article 17 is titled “Strengthening Pandemic and Public Health Literacy.” It discusses the need to tackle disinformation, particularly vaccine hesitancy. It also discusses the need to improve trust in science and government institutions.
What this really means is cracking down on dissenting voices.
Article 18 goes into a little more detail about the One Health approach. For the purposes of this draft, it means focusing on zoonotic (animal-to-human) disease transmission and strengthening surveillance systems that include animals as well as humans.
One Health refers to the notion that everything on earth is interconnected, and that the health of humans, plants, animals, fungi, bacteria all affect each other. This is true, but the practical application of One Health means giving public health bodies like the WHO oversight into animal husbandry practices. This is why agribusiness groups are listed as “relevant stakeholders” and have been part of the draft process.
Even though most mainstream sources now agree Covid originated in a laboratory, power-hungry types are still clinging to the threat of zoonotic diseases to justify reaching into ever more sectors of the worldwide economy. One Health is a way of using human health concerns as a pretext for world government bodies like the WHO to exercise control over livestock operations.
In Article 19, Section 1c, parties are expected to commit not less than 5% of current health expenditure to pandemic prevention.
This is another one that has conservatives up in arms. The U.S. spends far more on health than any country in the world; our public health expenditures in 2022 were over $4 trillion. American taxpayers would essentially be footing the bill for this new pandemic authority.
The money alone, I think, is reason enough for Americans to pay attention to this. Conservative lawmakers have been pitching an absolute fit about the financial obligations, along with the references scattered throughout the document about waiving patent protection for pharmaceutical companies.
Waiving patent protection means that Big Pharma won’t retain patents on any new treatments they develop; they will have to foot the bill for development, and then hand their research materials to other nations so that they can make their own pharmaceutical products. Big Pharma is furious about this part of the proposed treaty. Considering how many of their products get mandated by governments, though, I think they’ll survive.
And speaking of mandates, Article 22, Section 1 says that the first meeting of the WHO’s governing body will determine how to deal with noncompliance.
What does this mean for the average person?
Right now, there is a lot of finger-pointing at the tin-foil hat-wearers who think that this treaty will undermine American sovereignty. But look at the documents yourselves. This is in the process of turning into a legally binding agreement. On the WHO’s own webpage, they state that members will get to define “compliance mechanisms” for parties failing to meet their obligations.
In the widely-quoted AP article fact-checking the claim that the U.S. would be ceding sovereignty to the WHO if this passes, the author quotes the same piece from Article 4, Section 3 that I did above and uses it to say, “See? Everyone still has sovereignty!” They do not address the clause regarding damage at all.
The fact-checkers also claim that while the treaty will be “legally binding,” there will be no consequences for noncompliant states. There are no consequences for noncomplying states right now. The WHO hasn’t gotten to “compliance mechanisms” yet, but again, if you read their own website, they intend to.
This is a classic “You have to pass it to see what’s in it” ploy. They’re leaving things vague at the moment so they can reprimand who they want in the future.
And the Zero Draft referenced by the fact-checkers doesn’t include any of the proposed amendments. Obviously only some are available to the public right now, but we can view the ones proposed by the U.S. government here. They give the WHO much more power to simply show up in nations that are even suspected of harboring a pandemic. Language about taking individual states’ views into consideration is being removed (Article 10, Section 4).
The proposed amendments also shorten the review time for member states to accept amendments from 18 months to six. They force member states to make a decision within 48 hours of a potential emergency about collaborating with the WHO. The best decisions are not necessarily made under time crunches.
The WHO can make big decisions..and may soon be able to enforce them.
Fact-checking articles state that the Zero Draft says nothing about lockdowns, and so we have nothing to worry about. However, Article 21 of the WHO Constitution states that the Assembly can adopt resolutions on member states unless they expressly opt-out.
Their areas of enforcement include 1) sanitary and quarantine requirements for preventing the international spread of disease; 2) nomenclatures of diseases, causes of death, and public health practices; 3) standards for diagnostic procedures aimed at an international use; 4) standards ascertaining the safety, purity, and potency of biological, pharmaceutical and similar products in international trade; and 5) advertising and labeling of biological, pharmaceutical and similar products in international trade.
Number one sounds an awful lot like lockdowns to me.
Researchers are already complaining that the WHO needs regulatory teeth to enforce the treaty’s provisions. I think that, shortly after this passes in 2024, the WHO will get them.
Between the huge additional funding sources and the new powers granted to the WHO, we’re watching the birth of what the Brownstone Institute referred to as a “self-perpetuating pandemic industry.”
What does this mean for everyday Americans?
So, back to what this means for the average American.
First of all, with a minimum of 5% of our annual health expenditure going to a brand new bureaucracy, either our healthcare costs will go up, or our quality will go down. Or, most likely, we’ll see some combination thereof.
I also have a sneaking suspicion that we may see more pandemics after 2024. I hope I’m wrong about this one. But with the amount of money getting dumped into this, I think it’s only a matter of time. And with the increased crackdown on misinformation, as specified in Article 17 of the Zero Draft, I think it’s going to become increasingly difficult to figure out what is actually happening.
Unfortunately, this is way beyond our control. And it’s just another step in a process that’s been going on for a long time. Power has been getting centralized over the last few decades. Gone are the days of personal relationships with a trusted family physician; the Affordable Care Act pushed private physicians into hospital systems, where they have far less freedom to treat each patient individually. Without access to trusted experts, it’s much harder for the average, not particularly scientifically-literate person to get good information.
Wading through legal documents might seem tedious, but it’s important to know what’s going on. Life’s definitely changed a lot post-Covid, but churches and schools have been open, and I’ve enjoyed the return to semi-normalcy. However, it’s important to understand that this may not last. It probably will not. Again, multi-billion dollar bureaucracies don’t get set up for nothing.
Republican politicians have legitimate complaints about the money Americans will be pouring into this, especially considering how unhealthy our own population is. However, I think it’s wrong to focus anger on other countries. A lot of low-income countries don’t necessarily want our pharmaceutical products or our boots on their ground. I think they’d like to be able to come to First World countries for advice without having to make binding commitments, but unfortunately, this is what the proposed treaty may stick them with.
Low-income nations are not the winners here. Nor are average Americans. The only winners will be the army of bureaucrats, as well as Big Pharma and PPE manufacturers. And, of course, the globalists at the center of it all.
What do you think about all this?
Are you for or against the WHO having so much control over American healthcare and policies? How do you think we’ll be affected by this? Is there any way for us to maintain our personal independence from such a system?
Let’s discuss it in the comments section.
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Our representative government has abandoned the ship of State by the people for the people along time ago. At this point it doesn’t even take discernment to know this. But, for people with eyes to see and ears to hear, this is a bad thing for us and the world. This is one more example of wolves in sheep clothing. However, continue to take refuge in a spiritual faith (or get one) as we build our pantry. “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” God tests his own with fire just as he does the wicked, but his faithful await a holy crown in glory. Persevere and be strong!
…for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (Rev 18:23)
Sorcerises in Greek is pharmakeia (like say prescribed drugs especially now the jabberwocky)
I can sum this pandemic treaty up in two words,MEDICAL TYRANNY!
There is only one solution remaining to “We the People”.
Is that one solution the wet dream of the Dem Tyrannists–namely violence? So they can discredit and destroy Patriots and truth-seekers?
You might be naive and thoughtless–or you might be a conscious and knowing traitor.
Main issue now is lack of alpha patriot men. Majority of men of fighting age are beta males, addicted to phones, social media and video games when they are not working trying to make ends meet. My chiopractor mentioned young people are coming in with neck issues because they have phones in their faces all the time, bending neck downward. Nihilism and apathy prevail. Churches and local civic clubs have become social centers for the last half century incrementally, focused on shallow issues and sermons on social justice. They are controlled opposition. Avoid 501c3’s they are gov. controlled. Family church at home or meet with likeminded for fellowship. Stay off the radar.
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Thank you Daisy, for all that you do. The Organic Prepper is a great website.
The mess at WHO is definitely more geared to serving those PERSONS in commerce (aka Public Servants, those in elective or appointed office, incorporated employees, etc., territorial citizens, etc. FEDERAL PERSON DEBTOR TAXPAYERS, etc.) than it is toward serving us freestanding private Americans who only want to be healthy and live free and in peace and pay a fair price for local hometown healthcare.
My experience of going to my small down boondocks local private Doctor has still been the shining light in my challenging medical care, wellness care and preventative care history — all proactively and self-directed.
Now that I’ve also been involved with large big city public establishments, I constantly see too many Doctors who don’t know me. They are not able to invest the time to know me. Too many misstated details are cropping up in my growing huge medical records. Too many big corporate players are now obviously doing treatment steps FOR THEMSELVES while attempting to present the semblance of being good for me or medically necessary. But now with this WHO (waste of skin) mess now we’re expected to see or accept an even more huge global effort at this? No thank you! I am the #1 stakeholder in my healthcare directives. My private small town doctor is the #3 stakeholder and my small free-thinking family are my #2 stakeholder. No NGO or any Corporation can be trusted to by on my listing of stakeholders due to the massive layers of conflict of interest and invasion of privacy that will continue to worsen as their shareholder threatens to sue them over diminished profitability.
Again, no thank you. In the future, as these large corporations have their charters revoked due to their crimes against humanity we will find ourselves in a new era of independent small clinics doing more privatized one-on-one care as a team, like the good old days. Mark my words. The too big to fail need to all get their charters revoked due to deep layers of fraud. My small-town doctor can utilize the same A.I. tools now that the big corps use. I can see my Doctor input my details into his tools to help us read my bloodwork to adjust my blood-type dieting. But I am still the one in charge of what I keep in my diet.
What is my body? It is my living, breathing temple of my creation from here on out. Not theirs. I don’t consent to being managed nor having a nefarious group of foreign “stakeholders” lording it over me.
*****Yes, The WHO Treaty Really DOES Limit American Sovereignty*****
It does more than limit it.
It eliminates it.
And those who “rule” us are 100% in favor of it.
This country TRULY NEEDS a REVOLUTION…
Could anyone show me WHERE in our Founding Documents, We The People gave any government or official, the AUTHORITY to give up our ANY of our Sovereignty? No? Try reading the 10th Amendment. We The People retain all authority over items not specifically delegated in our Constitutions.
That’s called Constructive Fraud. US Gov signed up with the UN in 1945 and the WHO in 1947. Does anyone remember voting on joining either of these criminal enterprises? No? Huh, they had 70 years, and not one vote by the people? Do not listen, do not comply…and call everyone in gov you see, Traitors! That is what they are.
And before any of the ascension crowd says that’s mean! Heads up! That’s truth, and I’m sorry that it’s harsh…their actions call for this response… not ours.
The few who “win” by getting jobs will have poorer health, along with their families, and live in an economically damaged world. They may not even be winners by purchasing power as compared to sufficient numbers FINALLY dropping the “Let George Do It” irresponsibility, just vote with idiot info for anybody and you have done all your civic duty. We will lose until enuf of us become responsible adults paying attention to where they shop, to their neighbors, and supporting things like Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, as well as news truth tellers–like Daisy Luther.
Another step towards One World Order.
Was thinking the same thing.
WHO is owned Lock, Stock and Barrel by the ChiComs.
That’s been obvious ever since the Scamdemic began.
This should be a big NO by both houses of Congress.
I’ve already written Cokorado’s two POS Democrat Senators, but I fully expect Bennett and Lickshispooper to be fully on board with Biden on this issue.
No law and no treaty that places the constitution 2nd and anything else first is legal or enforcable.
With lefty’s in control that irrelevant.
They apply their “law” then it’s your problem and cost to prove them wrong.
I’m wondering what happens when the who decides gun murders is a pandemic.
It seems they have that option.
They can then dictate confiscation.
I have zero doubt they would do this.
THEY have already claimed it was an epidemic.
Who had demanded confiscation in the past, complete citizen disarmament.
I realize those two words don’t really fit guns or gun usage but isn’t that what the left is so good at?
Redefining, rewriting history.
I think this is a terrible idea. The Covid-19 pandemic showed that a one-sized fits all solution does not work. We could see in real-time the differences between states / countries with harsher lockdowns and those with limited or few if any lockdowns and the states / countries with lesser lockdowns did better. Furthermore considering what we know regarding the effectiveness of things like HQL and Ivermectin it would seem like countries who may not have access to the same technology won’t be free to use cheaper alternatives that work. I thought India started using these treatments. Not just that but the problem with Covid-19 “vaccines” are only finally being admitted and reluctantly but if a rushed to market mRNA gene therapy that doesn’t work and can have serious health consequences is what we got from big Pharma last pandemic why would we want the same next time with some kind of international body forcing American citizens to take a medical treatment they do not want or consent to. Honestly this proposed treaty infuriates me but does Congress not have the ability to ratify treaties? If the Republicans really are against it then they shouldn’t ratify this treaty or is this one of those executive order treaties like Obama’s climate accord BS? If it is can’t Trump just get us out of it when he wins in 2024?
Two words: Bill Gates. He is spending a fortune on the WHO-and he –>will<– run it. If you liked your mandatory Covid vaccines, and no freedom, you can have more of them. Along with less care and more bureaucracy.