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July 13, 2011

The WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: A Milestone in Global Governance for Health

Author Affiliations

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).

JAMA. 2011;306(2):200-201. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.960

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?