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Lessons from the response to A H1N1 influenza, 2009, India: ethics in pandemic planning

Chhanda Chakraborti

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.080


After the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) experience in 2003, ethics has found a place in discourses on pandemic planning and public health. It is no longer enough to merely have action strategies in a pandemic plan; both research literature and the World Health Organization recommend that one has to further ensure that the outcome of such action is fair to all concerned, and is in conformity with relevant ethical values and considerations. India’s pandemic plan suffers from a glaring omission in this aspect.

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