The Pause on Avian H5N1 Influenza Virus Transmission Research Should Be Ended

Ron Fouchier, A Garcia-Sastre, Y Kawaoka

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Abstract

A voluntary 60-day pause on avian H5N1 influenza virus transmission research was announced in January 2012 by the international community of influenza scientists engaged in this work to provide time to explain the benefits of such work and the risk mitigation measures in place. Subsequently, the pause was extended to allow for time for review of the biosafety and biosecurity conditions. After almost 8 months, these conditions have been met in some countries and are close to being met in others. Because H5N1 virus transmission studies are essential for pandemic preparedness, researchers who have approval from their governments and institutions to conduct this research safely under appropriate biosecurity conditions should resume this important work.
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JournalmBio
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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