Though Ebola No Longer PHEIC, Global Community Must Continue Broader Response Efforts
The Lancet: Ebola PHEIC is over but emergency continues
“…[A]lthough the [Ebola] outbreak is no longer characterized by WHO as [a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC),] it was still highlighted that there is an urgent need for continued and full international and technical support to prevent, detect, and respond to new outbreaks in the region. … A potential danger is that the termination of the PHEIC will be perceived by some parties as a signal that their work is done, particularly given the announcement suggested that the existing capacity to respond is strong. … [I]t would be a tragedy if there was an easing of efforts to fully realize the development of Ebola vaccines and prepare for the next outbreak. … So, although there are technical grounds to terminate the PHEIC — a diminished international threat — it must be made abundantly clear that there is still a long way to go before the real emergency is over” (May 2016).
The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.