In Focus

  • 29 March 2019

    Takato Odagiri, Ph.D.

    Prominent Influenza Researcher and Director of Japan's NIID bids farewell

    (Tokyo) Dr. Takato Odagiri, Director of the Influenza Virus Research Center at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza has retired.
    Dr. Odagiri began his career in 1985 as an assistant professor and lecturer at Jichi Medical University. He is the author and co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

    Dr. Odagiri served on GISAID's Scientific Advisory Council since 2014, playing a critical role in providing scientific oversight of the Initiative. GISAID wishes Dr. Odagiri a healthy & happy new chapter in his life and a successful retirement. 

  • 21 March 2019 [VCM North 2019]

    Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season announced

    On 21 February 2019 WHO announced a recommendation on the composition of three of the four components of influenza vaccines for use in the 2019-2020 northern hemisphere influenza season. The decision on the A(H3N2) component was postponed until 21 March 2019 to allow more time to better understand the distribution and proportions of recently circulating antigenically and genetically diverse A(H3N2) viruses and to develop and fully characterize appropriate candidate vaccine viruses.

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  • CBD Study finds GISAID might provide useful lessons and insight to ABS discussion

    CBD Study finds 'GISAID might provide useful lessons and insight to ABS discussions'

    A peer-reviewed fact-finding and scoping study on digital sequence information on genetic resources in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol, highlights key advantages of GISAID’s sharing mechanism and a fair and equitable benefit-sharing resulting from access to data.

    With the core principals of timely international sharing of health data for protecting populations against lethal infectious disease outbreaks and adherence to scientific etiquette of acknowledgement of the source of data has resulted in global trust and confidence in GISAID.  > download the fact-finding & scoping study

  • G20 Health Ministers recognize the importance of GISAID in regard to data sharing

    G20 Health Ministers recognize the importance of GISAID in regard to virus data sharing

    At the invitation of Germany, the first meeting of Health Ministers of the Group of Twenty leading industrialized and emerging economies (G20) took place in Berlin between 19-20 May 2017.

    Under the banner of “Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow – Joint Commitment for Shaping Global Health”, the two-day meeting focused on combating global health hazards. In their Berlin Declaration, the G20 Health Ministers recognize the importance of the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID).

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    > The Berlin Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers (2017)

Public-Private Partnerships of the GISAID Initiative

The GISAID Initiative, also known as a Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, involves public-private-partnerships between the Initiative's administrative arm Freunde of GISAID e.V., a registered non-profit association, and governments of the Federal Republic of Germany, the official host of the GISAID platform and EpiFlu™ database, Singapore and the United States of America, with support from private and corporate philanthropy.