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Conclusions and recommendations Incorporating ethical considerations in pandemic preparedness planning There was broad agreement in the Forum that the time is right to address the ethical aspects of pandemic influenza planning and that ethical considerations are of national and international concern and major public health relevance. The participants also agreed that national pandemic preparedness plans are suitable tools to address ethical principles and criteria for decisionmaking. All countries represented at the Forum reported on progress in their pandemic influenza planning, but planned to do more to incorporate ethical considerations into their plans and to make ethical principles and criteria for decision-making more explicit.
Deciding on principles for normative ethical decision-making and their objectives A number of measures during an influenza pandemic require decisions to be made; these might be based on different criteria, such as lives saved, age or focus on those most at risk. Ideally ethical standards and principles should be set and communicated to the public before a pandemic occurs. They might be driven by the objective of the decision, or procedural. For example, setting priorities for the distribution of medical goods might best be based on the objective of saving the greatest number of lives.
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