Addressing Ethical Issues in Pandemic Influenza Planning   [open pdf - 779KB]

From the Introduction: "In March 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened four working groups to review the literature and develop preliminary conclusions on key ethical issues in pandemic preparedness and response. [...] This volume includes the background papers prepared by the chairpersons in consultation with their working group members. In chapter I, Marcel Verweij of Utrecht University (Netherlands), chairperson of the working group on 'Equitable access to therapeutic and prophylactic measures', explores the challenge of allocating vaccines, antiviral medications, ventilators, and other scarce resources during a pandemic. [...] Chapter II is written by Larry Gostin, chairperson of the working group on 'Isolation, quarantine, border control, and social distancing' and Ben Berkman, both of Georgetown University. [...] In chapter III, Ross Upshur of the University of Toronto (Canada), who served as chairperson of the working group on 'Role and obligations of health-care workers during an influenza pandemic', discusses the importance of ensuring adequate numbers of health-care workers during a pandemic. [...] Finally, in chapter IV, Robert Archer, chairperson of the working group on 'Pandemic influenza planning and response - transnational issues for governments', explores the role of international cooperation in pandemic preparedness and response efforts."

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WHO/HSE/EPR/GIP/2008.2; WHO/IER/ETH/2008.1; World Health Organization/Health Service Executive/Emergencies Preparedness, Response/Global Influenza Programme/2008.2; World Health Organization/Information, Evidence and Research/Ethics/2008.1
2008 World Health Organization
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