European Council President welcomes support of UK PM to work on pandemic treaty

FILE PHOTO:  Video conference meeting with interinstitutional actors at the European Council, in Brussels
FILE PHOTO: European Council President Charles Michel gestures before a video conference meeting with interinstitutional actors at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium February 11, 2021. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

February 15, 2021

(Reuters) – European Council President Charles Michel said late on Monday that he welcomed the support of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work together on a pandemic treaty.

“I welcome the support of Boris Johnson to work together on a pandemic treaty in order to improve global preparedness, resilience and recovery”, Michel said in a tweet.

Johnson said earlier he would be keen to agree a global treaty on pandemics where countries agreed to share data, amid British and U.S. concern over access given to a World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Editing by William Maclean)