"Britain risks losing power to control future lockdowns to WHO

Tory MPs warn against possible new powers being drawn up by unelected UN agency"


Telegraph: 24th March 2024: MPs highlight danger of WHO taking control of UK future pandemic plans if Government not vigilant. 

"Britain risks “signing away” its powers over pandemic policy to “unelected” World Health Organisation (WHO) officials, MPs have warned. 

It is feared that a new “pandemic treaty”, which is currently being drawn up by the UN agency, could bounce the UK into locking down society faster during a future global health crisis.

Critics warn that member states could be pressured into following the agency’s instructions when responding to pandemics under the treaty, including by introducing vaccine passports, border closures and quarantine measures...

A group of Conservative MPs and peers has written to Alicia Kearns, chair of the foreign affairs select committee, to warn of their “growing concerns” about the new WHO pandemic treaty and the lack of scrutiny it faces...

They also warn against decisions being made by “unelected” officials and say there must be a greater level of “parliamentary scrutiny and oversight” over the treaty.

The letter has been signed by the former Brexit minister and chief negotiator Lord Frost as well as Tory MPs Philip Davies, Philip Hollobone and Sir Christopher Chope...

The foreign affairs select committee is planning to hold an evidence hearing about the WHO’s pandemic treaty in the coming months, as part of a broader piece of work looking at the role of multinational organisations...."