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Viral Sovereignty and Technology Transfer
  • Edited by Sam F. Halabi, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law , Rebecca Katz, Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security
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In the global infectious-disease research community, there has long been uncertainty about the conditions under which biological resources may be studied or transferred out of countries. This work examines the reasons for that uncertainty and shows how global biomedical research has been shaped by international disputes over access to biological resources. Bringing together government leaders, World Health Organization officials, and experts in virology, wildlife biology, clinical ethics, technology transfer, and international law, the book identifies the critical problems - and implications of these problems - posed by negotiating for access and sharing benefits, and proposes solutions to ensure that biomedical advances are not threatened by global politics. Written in accessible, non-technical language, this work should be read by anyone who sees global health and biomedical research as a priority for international lawmakers.


‘Viral Sovereignty and Technology Transfer is a comprehensive and essential volume analyzing how the sharing of pathogens and associated data has dramatically changed in the last 25 years. The contributors are global leaders in diplomacy, epidemiology, ethics, law, medicine, public health, security studies, technology transfer, and veterinary medicine. This robust interdisciplinary group identify where the risks to global public health are greatest as sharing becomes slower and more fraught with proprietary claims, and what solutions show the most promise to ensure the world is prepared for infectious disease and other health emergencies. Viral sovereignty may seem like a technical problem, but it has enormous consequences for global preparedness. This book should be read not only by experts in the management of health threats, but also by every person who is concerned about the future of global health security.'

Lawrence O. Gostin - World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law

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