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[Correspondence] The need for global R&D coordination for infectious diseases with epidemic potential

The relentless increase of public health crises caused by emergent, often life-threatening infectious diseases—eg, Nipah virus infection, severe acute respiratory syndrome, avian influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Ebola virus disease, chikungunya, Zika virus infection, and now yellow fever—needs no introduction. In an increasingly globalised world, a coherent global response is needed, not only in the immediate care of patients and countermeasures to transmission but also in the prompt initiation of research efforts.