Jonathan LoTempio, BS, is a PhD candidate in the George Washington University Genomics and Bioinformatics program. His dissertation research is conducted at Children’s National Hospital in Eric Vilain’s laboratory. He previously served as a Scientific Program Analyst at the National Human Genome Research Institute and as a member of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping Microbiomes of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy.  


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.