Fact Check: New Pandemic Accord Does Not Let WHO Command Local Police and Militaries

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Fact Check: New Pandemic Accord Does Not Let WHO Command Local Police and Militaries No Agreement

Does the new Pandemic Accord allow the World Health Organization (WHO) in the future to command local police and militaries if the organization declares a gobal emergency? No, that's not true: Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has denied this claim via his Twitter account. The new Pandemic Accord is still being drafted and discussed among WHO member countries, aiming for a complete agreement by May 2024.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on Tiktok on June 5th, 2023, under the title "Stop the Agreement." It opened:

What will happen after countries sign the New Pandemic Accord from WHO.

This is what the post looks like as we are writing:

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The post claims that according to the new WHO agreement, the Organization will have the power to control nations' resources when a medical emergency is announced. According to the claim, WHO can take over local police forces and militaries and command them to innoculate populations worldwide forcibly.

On March 23rd, 2023, WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denied the accusation tweeting:

Countries aren't ceding sovereignty to
@WHO. The #PandemicAccord won't change that. The accord will help countries better guard against pandemics. It will help us to better protect people regardless of whether they live in countries that are rich or poor.

Ghebreyesus made the statement in response to Elon Musk, who tweeted:

Countries should not cede authority to WHO.

Ghebreyesus denied for the second time this claim in a press conference, calling it fake news:

If any politician or businessperson, or anyone at all is confused about what the pandemic accord is and isn't, we would be more than happy to discuss it and explain it.

Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.

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