By Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director General
On the occasion of the GISAID Symposium hosted by the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, Dr. Fukuda delivered a speech 'Breaking Through Influenza Information Walls'.
says Dr. Fukuda:
"We have the development of critically important and technically advanced new platforms such as GISAID. This data sharing initiative provides an important option for sharing genetic sequence and epidemiological data.
The hosting of this platform by the Federal Republic of Germany signifies an important level of engagement from a major country and scientific power, and provides all countries with an important component of trust.
WHO is fully supportive of GISAID and any other initiative which promotes sharing and access to information, in ways that are trustworthy, transparent, efficient and timely."