Not sayin’ ScienceOpen got their first, but we totally did http://blog.scienceopen.com/2016/02/research-on-zika-virus-free-to-publish-via-scienceopen/ Great global initiative here!
Aedes mosquito. Credit: Wellcome Images
We’re joining over 30 global health bodies in calling for all research data gathered during the Zika virus outbreak, and future public health emergencies, to be made available as rapidly and openly as possible. It follows a consensus statement arising from a WHO consultation in September 2015, in which leading international stakeholders affirmed that timely and transparent pre-publication sharing of data and results during public health emergencies must become the global norm. The statement is published in full below:
Statement on data sharing in public health emergencies
The arguments for sharing data, and the consequences of not doing so, have been thrown into stark relief by the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.
In the context of a public health emergency of international concern, there is an imperative on all parties to make any information available that might have value in combatting the crisis.
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