Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined 43 Republican colleagues to introduce the No WHO Pandemic Preparedness Treaty Without Senate Approval Act. This legislation requires any convention or agreement resulting from the work of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) intergovernmental negotiating body be deemed a treaty, requiring ratification by the Senate.
“Protecting Americans’ individual freedoms and liberties must remain paramount,” Crapo said. “This legislation ensures more transparency with agreements between the U.S. and WHO and provides a much-needed constitutional check on the Biden Administration and its COVID-19 response policies.”
More than 180 countries met in December 2022 to discuss the “International Treaty for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response,” after being initially proposed in December 2021. Topics discussed at the meeting included concerns about global vaccine inequity, genomic data-sharing and other issues related to pandemic preparedness and response.
The legislation was previously introduced in May 2022.