Key players agree to share viruses and vaccines to expedite response to future pandemic influenza

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2620
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Influenza virus samples will be shared worldwide through the World Health Organization system in exchange for a fairer distribution of the benefits, including vaccines to poorer countries, under a new global accord to improve pandemic preparedness agreed in Geneva on 16 April.

Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general called the agreement “a very significant victory for public health.”

Bente Angell-Hansen, Norway’s ambassador who co-chaired the WHO sponsored talks with Mexico’s ambassador, told the BMJ “The world needed an improved system in this area.”

The pandemic influenza preparedness framework includes binding legal regimes for WHO, national influenza laboratories around the world, and industry partners in rich and poor countries to boost …

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