World Health Organization member states will meet in November for a special three-day session to discuss an international pandemic treaty that would bind its signatories to take swift, collective, and evidence-based action in the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease with pandemic potential.
However, if there is to be such a treaty, it must include internationally agreed rules on accessing data in a pandemic—or any global emergency that has the potential to cause large-scale loss of life. In an emergency, everyone needs to move quickly. That is why it is so important to put a system in place so that all concerned know what to do, when to do it, and how.
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