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WHO accuses Elon Musk, without naming him, of 'fake news' on draft pandemic agreement


The WHO on Thursday accused Elon Musk, without naming him, of spreading "fake news" after a tweet from the multi-billionaire calling on countries to "not give in...

The WHO accused this Thursday Elon Musk, without naming him, of spreading "

fake news

" after a tweet from the multi-billionaire calling on countries to "

not give up their authority

" in the face of the draft international agreement aimed at combating pandemics.

The controversy started earlier in the day, when Elon Musk tweeted: "

Countries must not cede their authority to the WHO

", in reference to ongoing discussions within the UN agency to establish a agreement to help countries better prevent and fight against pandemics.

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, first replied to him on Twitter: "

Countries do not cede their sovereignty to the WHO


The pandemic agreement is not going to change that.

The agreement will help countries better protect themselves against pandemics.

It will help us better protect people, whether they live in rich or poor countries

,” he said.

fake news

Shortly after, Dr Tedros returned to the subject at the start of his weekly press conference on global health issues, pointing to "misinformation


about the deal circulating on social media.

The claim that the deal will cede power to the WHO is simply false.

It's 'fake news

,'" he continued.

He assured that “

countries will decide what the agreement says, and they alone

”, and who “

will implement the agreement in accordance with their own laws


And, he added, “

if any politician, businessman or anyone else is confused about what the pandemic accord is and is not, we would be more than 'happy to discuss and explain


“Learning from this pandemic”

In early March, Dr Tedros told reporters that WHO member states would soon begin negotiations on the draft agreement, including addressing issues of information sharing and unequal access to vaccines. observed between rich countries and developing countries in the face of Covid.

The agreement would also strengthen national, regional and global capacities for preparing, detecting, alerting and responding to pandemics.

He said he hoped that the negotiations could be concluded by May 2024 and called on countries "

to learn the lessons of this pandemic

" so as not to repeat its mistakes.

This draft agreement was born following the failure of the international community to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the States, but also the WHO, having been accused of having acted too late and in a way that showed little solidarity. .

Source: lefigaro

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