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Calling for your Opinions: How can Developing Countries react quicker to Pandemic Outbreaks?

At the recent Vaccines World Summit in Pune, India, a key topic of discussion was “How can Developing Countries react quicker to Pandemic Outbreaks?”.

The 21st Century has graced us with  SARS, H1N1, Ebola etc. and a closer look into each outbreak sheds light on some efforts that were taken to improve accessibility and enable quicker response by developing countries to pandemic outbreaks.

  • SARS in 2003: The GOARN, a global technical partnership, was coordinated by the WHO, to provide rapid multidisciplinary support for outbreak response to affected populations.
  • H1N1 in 2009: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pledged 60 million doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine to WHO, while SanofiAventis issued 100 million doses to aid more equitable access to vaccines and help strengthen national responses to the pandemic.
  • Ebola in 2014: UNMEER, UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response was established by the United Nations and led by the WHO, as a measure to meet immediate needs related to the unprecedented fight against Ebola in the affected countries.
  • MERS 2015: WHO coordinates with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health(OIE) and national governments to develop public health prevention strategies to combat the virus.

Now, in 2020, we have the COVID-19 Pandemic and as governments, the WHO, CDCs, vaccine manufacturers and individuals scramble to contain the disease and develop treatments, we would like to ask you the following:

In your opinion, how can developing countries react quicker to pandemic outbreaks?