WHO plans public hearings on pandemic preparedness for next week

The World Health Organization is planning public hearings on the topic of pandemic preparedness and is looking for input from the public on this matter, according to WHO’s press release.

The WHO needs advice from the public to help define key activities of the INB, the intergovernmental negotiating body, which is set to draft an instrument that will address pandemic preparedness. The WHO is hoping to answer the following question: “What substantive elements do you think should be included in a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response?”

The INB is at the center of ongoing WHO efforts at pandemic preparedness.

The hearings will be held in two separate components, spoken and written contributions. The spoken sessions will be held via webcast at the following times (all times are in ET) :

April 12: 2-5am and 8am-11am

April 13: 3-6am; and 9am-noon

Additional hearings are planned for June.


The WHO says it will seek to give as much speaking time as possible to the appropriate international organizations; civil society organizations; private sector organizations; philanthropic organizations; scientific, medical and public policy institutions; academic institutions; and other such entities.

The WHO asks anyone wishing to participate in the hearing to check this page in the coming days for a registration link.

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