In March 2021, the Royal Society, alongside the other Science Academies of the Group of Seven (G7) nations, released a statement representing the Academies’ view on the need for the G7 countries to realise a better level of ‘data readiness’ for future health emergencies. The Statement of the S7 on Data for Health Emergencies highlighted a number of recommendations to improve data readiness in the context of health emergencies. Under its G7 Presidency this year the UK Government is playing a convening role to secure G7 commitments towards a more systematic approach to data capture, standards, sharing and analysis for health emergencies.
On 1 September 2021 the UK invited the Global Pandemic Data Alliance to drive the implementation of the S7 Recommendations to improve safe data access and use for health emergencies. Formed in 2021, the Global Pandemic Data Alliance currently includes data.org, I-DAIR, the Royal Society, and The Trinity Challenge. Together, these organizations have started work on a two-year implementation roadmap to meet the challenges set out by the S7 to ensure the availability and accessibility of data as a source for critical insights in public health emergencies.
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