WHO International Health Regulation Amendments Defeated in Geneva

The Biden Administration suffered an absolutely STUNNING DEFEAT in their attempt to amend the International Health Regulations against the will of “We the People.”

By James Roguski May 28, 2022 | Original Substack article here.

You will NOT hear about this on mainstream media.

Please watch the videos below to learn what happened on Friday May 27, 2022 at the 75th World Health Assembly.

A Summary of What Happened:

  1. On January 18, 2022, the Biden administration proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations. They did their best to keep them hidden.
  2. On May 31, 2022 I published this article to shine a bright light on this issue. For the next two months thousands of people helped to spread the word all around the world.
  3. On Friday May 20, 2022 a document filed in a United Kingdom court case revealed that the Working Group on Pandemic Response was “unable to reach consensus” regarding the amendments. The court case did not cause the lack of consensus, but it did reveal it to the public.
  4. On Tuesday May 24, 2022 a new set of replacement amendments was submitted to the 75th World Health Assembly in violation of Article 55 of the IHR which requires amendments to be submitted at least 4 months prior to the World Health Assembly.
  5. On Friday May 27, 2022 the May 24 REPLACEMENT AMENDMENTS were revised and published by the World Health Organization.
  6. On Friday May 27, 2022 the REVISED REPLACEMENT AMENDMENTS were adopted by the World Health Assembly (see video below).
  7. In my humble opinion, the REVISED REPLACEMENT AMENDMENTS that were approved were absolutely illegitimate. They were merely an empty attempt by the WHO to “save face” in response to the absolutely stunning rejection of the original proposal made by the Biden administration.

The events that occurred in “COMMITTEE A” during the 75th World Health Assembly were filled with intrigue and conflict that was masked by diplomatic politeness.

Please watch the video clips below to see the highlights.

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May 24, 2022 — Committee A, 3rd Session

  • Link to Botswana at 54:12–55:27
  • Link to Iran at 1:17:14–1:20:03
  • Link to South Africa at 1:30:22–1:31:23
  • Link to Bangladesh at 1:44:36–1:47:50
  • Link to Namibia at 2:01:23–2:02:17
  • Link to President Cutting Discussion Short in Order to Allow Pharmaceutical Manufacturers to Speak at 2:26:30–2:28:18

May 24, 2022 — Committee A, 4th Session

  • Link to Adopting a Different Resolution and Clapping Like Fools at 1:17:42–1:19:00
  • Link to India at 1:29:07–1:29:59
  • Link to Brunei at 1:45:29–1:48:16
  • Link to Russian Federation at 2:14:05–2:17:04
  • Link to Non-State Actor at 2:58:55–3:00:05

May 25, 2022 — Committee A, 6th Session

  • Link to President of Committee Talking About Transparent Email at 2:33:58–2:35:14

May 27, 2022 — Committee A, 12th Session

Delegates from a number of African nations spoke out against this blatant power grab attempt

A well placed source shared the following:

“The resolution on IHR amendments was not passed at the World Health Assembly, as African countries were concerned that there was inadequate consultation amongst member states, and the process was being rushed. Botswana read the statement on behalf of the 47 AFRO members and I was personally present.”

Moses Keetile, deputy permanent secretary in Botswana’s health ministry, told the assembly on Tuesday on behalf of the Africa region.

“The African region shares the view that the process should not be fast tracked…,”

African delegate in Geneva

“We find that they are going too quickly and these sorts of reforms can’t be rushed through.”

The 75th World Health Assembly (COMMITTEE A) adopted

  • Link to the Resolution.
  • Link to the Illegitimate Revised Replacement Amendments

The reason I state that the amendments were illegitimate is that they were first submitted on May 24, 2022 in clear violation of Article 55 of the International Health Regulations that clearly state the following:

“…the text of any proposed amendment shall be communicated to all States Parties by the Director-General at least four months before the Health Assembly at which it is proposed for consideration.”

Africa objects to the US proposal to Amend International Health Regulations

From https://shabnampalesamohamed.substack.com/p/africa-objects-to-us-proposal-on

Meanwhile, India discovers irregularities in WHO financial audit

By Shabnam Palesa Mohamed

Africa Day, 25 May, has made an impact. In a rare show of African power and solidarity, several African member states objected to proposed International Health Regulations amendments, discussed at the World Health Assembly 75 this week – a move many believe might shake up the World Health Organization’s dominance.

A well placed source shared:

“The resolution on IHR amendments was not passed at the WHA, as African countries were concerned that there was inadequate consultation amongst member states, and the process was being rushed. Botswana read the statement on behalf of the 47 AFRO members and I was personally present.”

According to Reuters, “if Africa continues to withhold support, it could block one of the only concrete reforms expected from the meeting, fraying hopes that members will unite on reforms to strengthen the U.N. health agency’s rules as it seeks a central role for itself in global health policy.”

The IHR seeks to define and detail WHO members’ obligations around public health emergencies and other health matters. The United States government proposed 13 controversial IHR amendments, which give the WHO DG Tedros unilateral power to declare actual or potential health emergencies and expect a response in 48 hours.

The revised proposal then changed just article 59 of the IHR, and accelerated the deadlines for implementing of future amendments to the International Health Regulations.

Bear in mind, a few countries at the WHA submitted draft resolutions to the IHR, which would need, at least according to the WHO process, four months to be considered. These countries are Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, European Union and its Member States, Japan, Monaco, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

The African #WHA75 delegation expressed reservations about these IHR amendments, saying all reforms should be tackled together as part of a “holistic package” at a later stage.

“The African region shares the view that the process should not be fast tracked…,” Moses Keetile, deputy permanent secretary in Botswana’s health ministry, told the assembly on Tuesday on behalf of the Africa region.

“We find that they are going too quickly and these sorts of reforms can’t be rushed through,” said an African delegate in Geneva. The U.S. mission in Geneva did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

BRIMI emerges: Brazil, Russia, Iran, Malaysia and India

Brazil and Russia form part of the BRICS initiative with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Iran and Malaysia are reported to have also expressed reservations to the proposed IHR amendments, while Russia and Brazil seem set to make big moves on international health policies, or possibly even exit the WHO. Meanwhile, India raised audit concerns on irregularities with WHO financials.

A civil society World Health Assembly monitor shared “Just for your interest, from the external audit done by India team, who yesterday during the financial committee stated that they feel very disappointed that their audit has been ignored by the WHO.”


Time line, duplication, and waste of funding resources

The IHR amendments discussions are proceeding in parallel to talks on a potential new pandemic treaty (#PandemicAccord) , pointing to duplication of efforts and a waste of funding handed to the WHO. Given the trajectory, it appears that both the IHR amendments and the new pandemic accord, if successful, will converge on the world in 2024, unless countries decide to curtail the WHO’s power and take charge of their own health policies.

This 2024 date was highlighted in the working group on IHR amendments:

“Delegates welcomed the final report of the Working Group on strengthening WHO preparedness and response to health emergencies which, among other things, proposed a process for taking forward potential amendments to the IHR (2005). They agreed to continue the group, with a revised mandate and name (the “Working Group on IHR amendments” (WGIHR)) to work exclusively on consideration of proposed IHR amendments. Member States also requested the Director-General to convene an IHR Review Committee to make technical recommendations on the proposed amendments that may be submitted. The Working Group will propose a package of targeted amendments for consideration by the Seventy-seventh Health Assembly.”

“Several developing countries have said that the WHO has too many platforms for negotiation, and it is simply not manageable,” said Nithin Ramakrishnan, consultant for the Third World Network.

US Senators Start to Push Back on WHO Overreach

According to the Daily Caller Republican senator Ron Johnson “introduced legislation Thursday that would push back against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) overreach and ensure the Senate has power over its pandemic treaty.

The Daily Caller first obtained the legislation, titled the No WHO Pandemic Preparedness Treaty Without Senate Approval Act, which was spearheaded by Johnson and has 15 co-sponsors. The bill mentions the WHO creating an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) and, if passed, would require any agreement produced by the INB to be submitted to the Senate as a treaty in an effort to provide more transparency on the administration.

The lawmakers believe they need to start fighting to prevent the WHO from creating an INB.

Johnson told the Daily Caller prior to officially introducing the legislation.

“The World Health Organization, along with our federal health agencies, failed miserably in its response to COVID-19. Its failure should not be rewarded with a new international treaty that would increase its power at the expense of American sovereignty. What the WHO does need is greater accountability and transparency. This bill makes clear to the Biden administration that any new WHO pandemic agreement must be deemed a treaty and submitted to the Senate for ratification. The sovereignty of the United States is not negotiable.”

Also in the US, Senator Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is introducing legislation aimed at curtailing the power of the World Health Organization (WHO). This is welcome but ironic, as the amendments were proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill, introduced Thursday, would prevent U.S. officials from being bound to orders or directives given by the WHO or it’s branches. “In addition, it would require U.S. officials to oppose changes to the WHO charter until the House and the Senate agree to adopt the change in a joint resolution of Congress.”


So-Called “Fact checkers” are now attempting to spin denial of this obvious threat to sovereignty

Meanwhile, there is a clear spin attempt from establishment media against opposition to the IHR amendments and the WHO in general. A FactCheck article states “The World Health Organization can make recommendations after the declaration of a global emergency, but it has no control over any nation’s decisions. Yet many in the U.S. falsely claim that amendments proposed by the Biden administration to existing global health regulations, and a new WHO pandemic treaty, will threaten U.S. sovereignty.”

It is not clear whether the writer fully understands the implications of the proposed IHR amendments, a new #PandemicAccord, sanctions for non-compliance, or the clear erosion of personal autonomy, national sovereignty, and democratic values.

The WHO and the IHR were spotlighted at the World Council for Health’s successful Better Way Conference, and a video presentation by WHO expert Dr Astrid Stuckelberger will soon be released. Dr Stuckelberger reminded the audience that the WHO is a small part of a much bigger UN/WEF machine.

Two years after the disastrous mismanagement of Coronavirus, it’s time the world thinks about and acts on a better way for health than giving power away to the WHO, which ignores its own standards on necessity, reasonableness, and proportionality.

That time is now.