Global Teams for Early Warning, Detection, and Response to Disease Outbreaks

Harshit Kukreja (Takshashila Institution), Shambhavi Naik (Takshashila Institution)
This Policy Brief was first published in https://t20ind.org


The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the world, causing more than 660 million reported cases and 6 million deaths in three years. Since 2000, other pathogens, including the 2002 SARS, 2013 Ebola, 2014 Bird Flu, 2015 MERS, and 2022 Monkeypox have recorded serious outbreaks varying in severity. Pre- existing rules and regulations, such as the International Health Regulations, have failed to efficiently detect the outbreaks and effectively contain their spread. This Policy Brief discusses the formation of G20-led early warning, detection, and response teams to disease outbreaks. These teams would be based in select member nations and have the expertise to collect data and identify emerging health threats. After the detection of a threat, the G20 should help the affected country with accelerated access to financial resources.


Harshit Kukreja (Takshashila Institution), Shambhavi Naik (Takshashila Institution)

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