The National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public, Health was established in early May 2003 by the, Minister of Health of the Government of Canada, the, Hon. A. Anne McLellan, in the circumstances surrounding, the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS]. The Committee's mandate was to provide a third party, assessment of current public health efforts and lessons, learned for ongoing and future infectious disease control." Committee members represented a multitude of disciplines, and perspectives from across Canada. Several were, directly involved in responding to SARS in different, capacities. We reviewed source documents, conducted, interviews, and engaged consultants to undertake surveys,, additional interviews, and analyses to illuminate aspects, of the SARS experience. Advice was also sought from a, constitutional legal expert. Over 30 non-governmental, and voluntary sector stakeholders submitted helpful, briefs and letters."
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