COMMENT: The COVID-19 Global Pandemic & Decision-Making

Early Warning, Risk Analysis, & the Precautionary Principle

(Posted 17 June 2020)

KEY WORDS: COVID-19; preparedness; risk assessment - communication; precautionary principle; epidemiological assessment; resilience; sustainable development; SDG 3

1.0    A pathway to address global concerns related to the “early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks”, is outlined.

2.0    The linkage between the application of the precautionary principle and epidemiological assessment is the trigger for a risk assessment - the basis for decision-making on preparedness and the early warning of a pandemic.

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