November 18, 2020 – Ottawa, ON – Public Health Agency of Canada
Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is guided by science, and one of the tools used to inform decisions is the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), an early warning system for potential public health threats worldwide.
This global surveillance system has played a key role in the early detection of past international outbreaks, including H1N1, MERS and Ebola. However, in light of concerns expressed about this system, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, today announced the independent panel that will pursue the review of the Global Public Health Intelligence Network.
Selected based on their expertise in public health, governance, health security and intelligence, Margaret Bloodworth, Dr. Paul Gully and Dr. Mylaine Breton will conduct a review of GPHIN’s current effectiveness, its contribution to public health intelligence domestically and internationally, and its role in informing the Public Health Agency of Canada’s early response to COVID-19.
The panel members will look at the current state of GPHIN’s capabilities, services, operations, and management, and how they have evolved since GPHIN was created. They will also look at the key limitations of the current system and opportunities for improvement. Their recommendations and advice on lessons learned from COVID-19 will help inform the Government of Canada for future public health events.