Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D., investigates questions at the intersection of science and society. He is the Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children’s National Hospital, the Chair of the Department of Genomics and Precision Medicine at George Washington University, and the director of the CNRS International Research Laboratory “Epigenetics, Data, Politics”.  He is an advisor to the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission and Past President of the International Academy of Sex Research. Corresponding author (  


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.