The IHR (2005) are the only international legal framework for PoE. They are an agreement between 196 countries to work towards enhancing global health security through a multisectoral approach which includes a broad range of stakeholders. The aim is “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”. With COVID-19, the application of the IHR (2005) has never been more important. Under the IHR (2005), States are requested to maintain effective public health measures and response capacity at designated PoE.
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