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Pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccine and other benefits
This is the first annual report of the pandemic influenza preparedness (PIP) framework which delegates were agreed to note. The report covers three main areas: virus sharing, benefit sharing, and governance.
It was noted that many countries still lack basic capacities. Laboratory and disease surveillance were highlighted by some countries. A similar concern was highlighted on the regulation and deployment of influenza vaccines during a pandemic.
Lengthy negotiations to conclude binding SMTA2s (Standard Material Transfer Agreement 2) are ongoing. Delegates called for an acceleration on the processes to enable agreements to be signed.
Delegates emphasized the need for transparency related to use of partnership contribution funds.