WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) vs COVID-19 Uncertainty

WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) vs COVID-19 Uncertainty


  • Astrid Stuckelberger WHO expert on IHR, Privat-Docent Global Health Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Manuel Urbina International public health and policy expert, National Academy of, Medicine of Mexico




One of WHO primary function is to control and monitor internationally the spread of infectious diseases of the common killers. After SARS-COV, the International Health Regulations (IHR) was adopted in 2005 by all 194 member states to set up national preparedness for an efficient “early alert and response system”. COVID-19 is a novel virus with an unpredictable course and many uncertainties about its biological, clinical and epidemiological characteristics. COVID-19 is a game changer and calls for a revision of IHR as well as a more biological, clinical and community-cantered preparedness strategy.


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WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) vs COVID-19 Uncertainty. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2020 May 11 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];91(2):113-7. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/9626