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World’s Leading Scientists, Research Journals, Funders Pledge To Share Data On Zika

Deutsche Welle: Top scientists pledge to share Zika data to hasten global response
“Top research institutions, funders, and publishers said in a statement on Wednesday they would come together to share data in response to the public health emergency posed by the rapid spread of the Zika virus…” (2/11).

Reuters: World’s top scientists pledge to share all findings to fight Zika
“…Signatories to Wednesday’s agreement to share the fruits of that research included the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO), France’s Institut Pasteur, the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Wellcome Trust global health charity. Scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Science, and The Lancet, pledged to ‘make all content concerning the Zika virus free to access’…” (Kelland, 2/10).

Science: A plea for open science on Zika
“…The initiative to draw up and circulate the statement came from Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust in London. ‘It’s extremely heartening to see so many leading international organizations united in this unprecedented commitment to open science, reinforcing the decision by the WHO to declare Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern,’ Farrar says. [The] pledge does not cover sharing of physical samples, which has been flagged as an issue in the current outbreak…” (Vogel, 2/10).

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