The process of determining whether a Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC) exists and should be declared has drawn increasing criticism over the past few years with allegations that it is more political than technical. Delaying declaration, where appropriate, means that the opportunity of garnering international solidarity and necessary resources in the early phases of epidemics, when public health measures may be more effective, is lost. A reform agenda aimed at enhancing WHO/Emergency Committee transparency and objectivity for the PHEIC declaration process is required.
Lancet Infectious Diseases, Online First.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Durrheim, David N.; Gostin, Lawrence O.; and Moodley, Keymanthri, "When does a major outbreak become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern?" (2020). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2268.