The Declaration strongly emphasizes ‘international cooperation’ in order to ensure worldwide vaccine access, as well as the importance of digital ‘health documents’ and combating ‘vaccine hesitancy.’

Barring the express opposition of a United Nations (UN) member state, a pandemic declaration calling for global vaccine access, digital health documents, and socialized, universal health coverage will be signed Wednesday, September 20.

The “Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response” is being circulated among UN member states via a silence procedure, in which silence is interpreted as acceptance of the document by a Member State. 

The document also calls for the recognition of the potential of digital health technologies in strengthening secure communications in health emergencies, implementing and supporting public health measures and bolstering national response efforts to pandemics” as well as the importance of “digitalized health documents.”