D’Andre Spencer, MPH, is an epidemiologist who specializes in global health threats specifically in underserved communities. He is a staff scientist at the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children’s National Hospital where his work focuses on capacity building in health and genetic research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and developing database infrastructure for multi-center translational research.  


There is a need for improved international data sharing policies to support outbreak response. Based on evidence, science and policy related to COVID-19, authors suggest several structural improvements to the systems that facilitate knowledge sharing.