The United States has proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations which will be voted on by the World Health Assembly scheduled for May 22-28, 2022.

 

This is the fourth article in this series.

  1. Pandemic Treaty

  2. The People’s Treaty

  3. Speaking Truth To Power

  4. WAKE UP and Smell the Burning of Our Constitution

  5. Abolish the WHO

  6. Pandemic Mitigation Project

  7. An Open Letter to the WHO

 

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KEY TAKEWAYS:

  • The International Health Regulations (IHR) are legally binding and supercede the United States Constitution. All the nations of the world have already agreed to the existing International Health Regulations.

  • The United States has proposed amendments to the legally binding International Health Regulations that will be voted upon at the next World Health Assembly this May 22, 2022 to May 28, 2022.

  • These proposed amendments will cede additional sovereignty, control and legal authority over to the World Health Organization.

  • These amendments will NOT require approval by 2/3 of the United States Senate. If they are approved (as submitted by the United States) by 2/3 of the member countries of the World Health Assembly (130 of 194 countries), these amendments would enter into force as international law just six months later (November 2022).

  • It is not known if the amendments will be voted upon individually or as a complete package.

  • The amendments will give the Director General of the WHO the power to unilaterally declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) even over the objection of the country dealing with an outbreak of disease.

  • According to changes made to U.S. regulations that were published one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated (January 19, 2017), the definition of a “Public Health Emergency” in the United States now includes the declaration of a PHEIC by the WHO.

  • A unilateral declaration of a PHEIC by the WHO will enable the declaration of a Public Health Emergency by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • The amendments proposed by the United States would also give the Director General of the WHO the legal authority to unilaterally issue an “intermediate public health alert (IPHA).” The criteria for the issuance of an IPHA is simply that “the Director-General has determined it requires heightened international awareness and a potential international public health response.”

  • The amendments will also give “regional directors” within the WHO the legal authority to declare a Public Health Emergency of Regional Concern (PHERC).

  • Yes people, the United States wants to hand over our sovereignty to Regional Directors at the WHO and give them the power to “PHERC” us and “PHERC” the world, one region at a time. “PHERC” that!

September 24, 2021

The Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (IHR) published their analysis of the functioning of the IHR.

In the prolonged and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some have stated that the IHR “are a conservative instrument that constrain rather than facilitate rapid action”.2 What we, the Review Committee on the Functioning of the IHR (2005) during the COVID-19 Response, found instead was that much of what is in the IHR is well considered, appropriate, and meaningful in any public health emergency. However, many countries only applied the IHR in part, were not sufficiently aware of these regulations, or deliberately ignored them, 3,  4 and that WHO did not make full use of the powers given to it through the wording and spirit of the IHR.

Thus, the IHR are not deficient, but their implementation by member states and by WHO was inadequate.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01911-5/fulltext#box1

Their report clearly stated the following:

As we reviewed the IHR article by article, we found that much of what is in the Regulations is well considered, appropriate and meaningful in any public health emergency of international concern. However, it was clear to us that in the context of a pandemic, countries that in 2005 approved the IHR, in 2020 only applied the Regulations in part, were not sufficiently aware of them, or deliberately ignored them.

ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law is no excuse)

https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/a74-9-who-s-work-in-health-emergencies

The Review Committee found that the failures rested squarely on the shoulders of the WHO and many of the 194 member states, not on the International Health Regulations themselves. The Review Committee recommending NOT making any changes in the regulations.

However, that recommendation was ignored by the United States who has proposed a number of amendments to the International Health Regulations. These amendments will be discussed at the upcoming World Health Assembly this May 22, 2022 to May 28, 2022. In this author’s opinion, unless “We The People” speak up, it is likely that these amendments will be approved by the World Health Assembly and more of our sovereignty will be lost.

Please realize that amendments to the International Health Regulations supercede and override the United States Constitution.


January 18, 2022

 

Loyce Pace, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Global Affairs within the Department of Health and Human Services officially submitted to the World Health Organization a number of proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations. These amendments would supercede and override the United States Constitution.


January 20, 2022

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization, officially transmitted the proposed amendments to the member countries of the World Health Assembly.

This letter constitutes a formal communication of the text of the amendments proposed by the United States of America.

SOURCE:

Proposal For Amendments To The International Health Regulations
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https://healthpolicy-watch.news/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/C.L.2.2022-IHR-amendments-English.pdf

https://healthpolicy-watch.news/united-states-fast-tracks-world-health-assembly-proposal-to-change-global-emergency-response-rules/


January 26, 2022

Loyce Pace, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Global Affairs, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, made this cryptic announcement via Twitter.


AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS

By submitting the proposed amendments to the WHO at this time, the United States ensured that the reform proposals must be put on the agenda to be publicly debated at the World health Assembly. The timing of the letter is very important because it was submitted by the United States to the WHO just slightly in advance of the deadline for such submissions, which is four months prior to the upcoming World Health Assembly which is scheduled to occur from May 22, 2022 until May 28, 2022.

 

Article 55

Amendments

1. Amendments to these Regulations may be proposed by any State Party or by the Director- General. Such proposals for amendments shall be submitted to the Health Assembly for its consideration.

2. 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.

3. Amendments to these Regulations adopted by the Health Assembly pursuant to this Article shall come into force for all States Parties on the same terms, and subject to the same rights and obligations, as provided for in Article 22 of the Constitution of WHO and Articles 59 to 64 of these Regulations.

International Health Regulations 2005
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January 26, 2022

 

On behalf of more than 40 Member States, we are pleased to propose a Decision for the Executive Board, asking Member States of WHO and States Parties of the International Health Regulations (IHR) of 2005, to discuss targeted amendments to the IHR (2005) and address specific issues, challenges, or gaps that are crucial to their effective implementation. The draft decision also requests the Working Group on Preparedness & Response (WGPR) establish a dedicated process for in-depth discussions of targeted amendments to the IHR and facilitate a transparent, Member State-led process.

The United States led an inclusive and transparent process to develop this decision, as we are mindful that updating and modernizing the IHR are critical to ensuring the world is better prepared for and can respond to, the next pandemic.

Finally, the United States formally transmitted its proposals for targeted amendments to the IHR (2005) to the Director General consistent with IHR Article 55 for circulation to States Parties at least four months in advance of WHA 75.

We are confident of continued progress on the various complementary WHO strengthening work streams:

(1) targeted amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005),

(2) a full review of by the WGPR

(3) an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to develop a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response, and

(4) governance improvements at WHO, starting with an informal group and then establishing a Task Team of Member States to work with the Secretariat.

List of co-sponsors includes:

Albania
Australia
Canada
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Guatemala
India
Jamaica
Japan
Monaco
Montenegro
Norway
Peru
Republic of Korea
Switzerland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Member States of the European Union

SOURCE:

https://geneva.usmission.gov/2022/01/26/strengthening-who-preparedness-for-and-response-to-health-emergencies/


February 2, 2022

FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration’s Commitment to Global Health

Last week, the United States once again demonstrated that commitment, by leading a successful decision at the WHO Executive Board meeting to strengthen the International Health Regulations (2005). 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/02/02/fact-sheet-the-biden-administrations-commitment-to-global-health/

 


February 23, 2022

The U.S. Ambassador and others attended a meeting of the Executive Board of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Loyce Pace is one of the United States’ delegates to the World Health Assembly.

Loyce Pace, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services, addresses the WHO Executive Board meeting February 24-29, 2022.

The United States has proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations that will impact everyone on earth. Negotiations are currently going on behind the scenes between the United States and the other 193 member nations of the WHO to lobby for approval of the amendments proposed by the United States.

“We really tried to skim off what we thought would be the most critical enhancements that could be made.  In terms of what they entail, whether we are talking about improved alert systems or other components, some of the issues are maybe tougher to tackle than others.

“I think what is encouraging for us is that we had close to 50 member states signing onto this approach. We are really quite hopeful that we will see success in this effort, sooner rather than later.”

https://healthpolicy-watch.news/united-states-fast-tracks-world-health-assembly-proposal-to-change-global-emergency-response-rules/

Here are the current International Health Regulations:

 

International Health Regulations 2005
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Here are the amendments to the International Health Regulations that have been proposed by the United States and are likely to be adopted by the World Health Assembly scheduled to take place from May 22, 2022 to May 28, 2022:

 

Proposal For Amendments To The International Health Regulations
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SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS:

5. Increased surveillance

6. Headed towards a “One Health” approach 

9. Direct attack on sovereignty via outside data

10. 48 hour time period to respond to WHO

11. WHO may unilaterally decide

12. Regional (PHERC) and intermediate emergencies

13. Accept the offer of help from the WHO in 48 hours

15. Deployment of expert teams (recommendations)

18. Enable health care workers to be brought in.

48. Almost any country can claim to be an “affected party.”

49. The deliberations of the Emergency Committee are shared with states, but not necessarily with the public.

53. The “Compliance Committee” will have investigatory powers within each country – another loss of sovereignty.

59. Amendments come into effect more quickly (in 6 months instead of 18).

 

DETAILED ANALYSIS BELOW…

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5

Author’s Comments:

Article 5, Section 1:

The Universal Health Periodic Review mechanism is Big Brother on a global scale.

Article 5, New Section 5:

The WHO shall develop early warning criteria, assess risk and convey that risk assessment where appropriate. This is purposefully vague and open to abuse.

This opens the door to the type of “modeling and simulation” “predictions” that exaggerated the risk from COVID-19 over two years ago.

 

6

Author’s Comments:

Article 6, Section 1:

Let’s give the WHO control of farming, ranching and the environment too. This is very much in keeping with the concepts of the “One Health” propaganda.

The idea for this proposed amendment seems to be in alignment with this article:

Beyond COVID-19: Reimagining The Role Of International Health Regulations In The Global Health Law Landscape

https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/forefront.20211027.605372/


Article 6, Section 2:

Give the WHO your genetic research so that they can pass it along to pharmaceutical companies for quick profiteering.

9

Author’s Comments:

Article 9, Section 1:

Sure, let’s give the WHO the legal authority to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC-fake) within a country without that country’s permission.

10

Author’s Comments:

Article 10:

Act quickly. Hurry up. Every hour counts. Generate panic and fear and trigger a PHEIC state of emergency A.S.A.P.

11

 

Author’s Comments:

Article 11, Section 1:

Give the WHO the legal authority to use information that is “in the public domain,” whether the country in question refutes the information or not.


Article 11, Section 2:

The WHO must spread its “information.”


Article 11, Section 3:

The WHO must ignore the will of the country in question and dictate to them.


Article 11, Section 4:

Empower the WHO to collect and regurgitate information that is already publicly available because that will magically transform that information into authoritative and independent information, even if the country in question disagrees.

12

 

Author’s Comments:

Article 12, Section 2:

A PHEIC (fake) can be declared even if it is just a “potential” emergency. The Director General of the WHO may seek the advice of the Emergency Committee, but the Director General is not obligated to do so.


Article 12, Section 3:

The sovereignty of the country in question is irrelevant.


Article 12, Section 4:

The information required to declare a PHEIC can come from pretty much anywhere.


Article 12, Section 6:

This section creates an entirely new situation - an Intermediate Public Health Alert. Now even minor, isolated outbreaks can be used to trigger panic and fear worldwide.

Comments from the Review Committee:

Article 12, Section 6:

The Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (IHR) clearly reported that they did not agree with the use of an Intermediate Public Health Alert.

There was a marked lack of national responses both to WHO's first alerts—eg, published risk assessments and guidance on public health response and statements by the WHO Director-General—and to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern declaration. This is why we believe that a formal intermediate level of alert would not have improved the situation. In our view, better adherence to and use of the existing IHR obligations could have provided more meaningful alert and improved the early response.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01911-5/fulltext#box1


The Review Committee pointed out a number of potential drawbacks to an Intermediate Public Health Alert:

The Review Committee concluded that introducing a formal intermediate level of alert would not solve the current problem of lack of action on WHO advice and recommendations.

https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/a74-9-who-s-work-in-health-emergencies


The Review Committee also made it clear that the Emergency Committee of the WHO needed to look in the mirror and be more transparent.

COVID-19 Emergency Committee and the determination of a public health emergency of international concern

Emergency Committee

(1) WHO should make its decision-making process for convening an Emergency Committee available on its website and ensure that it continues to be based on a risk assessment.

(2) WHO should make available to States Parties through the EIS all the information and technical documentation it provides to the Emergency Committee for each of its meetings, including findings of rapid risk assessments. WHO should allow sufficient time for Emergency Committee members to deliberate, reach a conclusion and prepare their advice to the Director-General. Emergency Committee members should not be required to reach a consensus; if there is division, divergent views should be noted in the Committee’s report, consistent with Rule 12 of the Emergency Committee terms of reference.

Raising the alarm

(1) WHO should adopt a more formal and clearer approach to conveying information about the Emergency Committee’s meetings to States Parties and the public.


Article 12, Section 7:

This section creates yet another entirely new situation and extends the power and legal authority to the lower level of Regional Director.

This amendment would give the legal authority to declare a Public Health Emergency of Regional Concern (PHERC) to each of the 6 Regional Directors within the WHO.

Yes people, the United States wants to hand over our sovereignty to Regional Directors at the WHO and give them the power to “PHERC” us, and “PHERC” the world, one region at a time. “PHERC” that!

The WHO’s administrative “regions” are certainly not aligned with any patterns of travel by which transmissible diseases may be spread around the world.

This is just a blatant ploy to give unelected bureaucrats more power.

 

13

Author’s Comments:

Article 13, Sections 3 and 4:

To paraphrase Former President Reagan:

“We are from the WHO and we are here to help you.”

“If you do not want our help, then you have only 48 hours to explain to the world why you want the WHO to leave you alone.”

 

15

Author’s Comments:

Article 15, Section 2:

How in the world can “the deployment of expert teams” be interpreted as a “recommendation?”

This sounds more like an invasion and a violation of sovereignty.

18

 

Author’s Comments:

Article 18:

This amendment leads one to question whether or not the movement of health care workers around the world is currently an issue? Is this clearing the way for an invasion of “health care workers” as mentioned in Article 15 above?

ICAO - International Civil Aeronautics Administration

IMO - International Maritime Organization

WTO - World Trade Organization

48

Author’s Comments:

Article 48:

“Otherwise impacted” is so vague that it is actually meaningless.

49

Author’s Comments:

Article 49:

Any and all information should be shared with the general public, not just with the “member states.”

The “noble lie” of claiming to protect the public from information for their own good is nothing more than an excuse to hide information and lie about what is really happening.

Whatever happened to openness, transparency and the public’s right to know?

53

Author’s Comments:

Article 53:

This amendment is clearly designed to create divisiveness by pitting nations against each other. It offers the illusion of change, but it has provides no authority to enforce any form of action or compliance. In my opinion, this is just another layer of bureaucracy that wastes more time, money, energy and human resources. This is just bureaucrats recommending more bureaucracy. This just feeds the beast.

59

Author’s Comments:

Article 59:

The United States may have saved the scariest amendment for last.

The United States is seeking to set a up situation whereby these and any future amendments to the International Health Regulations can be enacted and enforced within 6 months instead of 18 months.

I wonder what that means for the future?

 

If you are concerned about the loss of sovereignty and the degradation of your fights and freedoms, they you might want to share your opinions with the United States delegates to the World Health Assembly:

 

Loyce Pace, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Global Affairs within the Department of Health and Human Services officially submitted to the World Health Organization a number of proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations. These amendments would supercede and override the United States Constitution.

Contact Ms. Loyce Pace and share your opinions with her:

WHA Delegate: Ms. Loyce Pace, Assistant Secretary, Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services CONTACT: @HHS_ASGA @globalgamechngr

https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/loyce-pace.html

https://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/oga/contact/index.html

Phone: 202-690-6174, 202-260-0399
Email: globalhealth@hhs.gov


And contact her boss also:

 

 

This is an issue of worldwide concern. People around the world are encouraged to contact their countries’ delegates to the World Health Assembly and express their opinions.

List of Delegates and Other Participants

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