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External committee is to look at criticisms of WHO’s management of H1N1 pandemic

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2342 (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2342
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    An evaluation of the World Health Organization’s management of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic will include an examination of the criticisms levelled at the agency, an interim report by an external expert review committee says.

    The review of WHO’s role in the pandemic will include preparedness and planning; disease surveillance and epidemiology; risk assessment; communications; technical support for outbreak response; drug development and access; resource mobilisation, and coordination.

    The interim report by the 29 member review committee on the functioning of the 2005 International Health Regulations in relation to the pandemic says it will also examine the work of the relevant expert committees, advisory groups, and other scientific groups providing advice to WHO. The “appropriateness of recommendations made by WHO as a result …

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