Letters Preparedness for pandemic flu

Global triage of global resources needed

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39220.443889.3A (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1071
  1. Daniel J Barnett, instructor1,
  2. Saad B Omer, assistant scientist1,
  3. David P Fidler, professor of law2,
  4. Ran D Balicer, researcher3,
  5. James G Hodge Jr, associate professor4
  1. 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
  2. 2Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
  3. 3Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52394
  4. 4Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  1. dbarnett{at}jhsph.edu

    Planning for triage of scarce resources in the face of a flu pandemic is not simply an abstract moral dilemma1: it remains unsolved at the highest levels of international planning. Europe remains two to three years away from a state of preparedness for a flu pandemic.2 Previous modelling has shown that a massive and focused use of antivirals and vaccines …

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