The notion of sharing data during public health emergencies is generally accepted, and has been a cornerstone of the COVID-19 pandemic response. But should data sharing be limited to emergencies or a few high-priority threats?

We now have the technology to enable near real-time, broad-based, continuous information, and a collaborative framework for data collection, sharing, analysis, alerts, investigation, and response. What will we make of it? What should we make of it?

In this TEDx talk organised by the Medical University of Graz, Dr Zisis Kozlakidis, Head of the Laboratory Services and Biobank Group (LSB) at IARC, makes the case for a new, data-driven expression of global health policy, strongly intertwined with surveillance, infection control, and policy making to combat existing and future pandemics.

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