Author Affiliations: Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington (Mr Fidler) and O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Mr Gostin).
After years of negotiations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reached agreement on a pandemic influenza preparedness (PIP) framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits in April 2011.1 The framework addresses a troubling controversy—should low- and middle-income countries share influenza virus specimens with WHO without assurances that benefits derived from sharing will be equitably distributed?
Fidler DP, Gostin LO. The WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness FrameworkA Milestone in Global Governance for Health. JAMA. 2011;306(2):200-201. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.960