Figure 9: Pandemic levels of preparedness and response

6.1 Global preparedness and response


Pandemic influenza is by nature an international issue; it requires an international solution.” – Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organisation

A pandemic is without question a threat of global proportion and it is perfectly reasonable to expect both an appropriate and measured level of preparedness and response to emanate from a centralised position. There was very limited international co-operation evident during the Spanish flu outbreak, notwithstanding there was, after all, a major global conflict in ...

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