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Framing post-pandemic preparedness: Comparing eight European plans
(Epidemics, vaccination and the power of narratives)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Epidemics, vaccinaton and the power of narratives)
2016 (English)In: Global Public Health, ISSN 1744-1692, E-ISSN 1744-1706Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Framing has previously been studied in the field of pandemic preparedness and global health governance and influenza pandemics have usually been framed in terms of security and evidence-based medicine on a global scale. This paper is based on the pandemic preparedness plans, published after 2009, from eight European countries. We study how pandemic preparedness is framed and how pandemic influenza in general is narrated in the plans. All plans contain references to ‘uncertainty’, ‘pandemic phases’, ‘risk management’, ‘vulnerability’ and ‘surveillance’. These themes were all framed differently in the studied plans. The preparedness plans in the member states diverge in ways that will challenge the ambition of the European Union to make the pandemic preparedness plans interoperable and to co-ordinate the member states during future pandemics.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
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pandemic preparedness; securitization; uncertainty; vulnerability; surveillance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117950DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1149202OAI: diva2:910053
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-08-25

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