April 25 Flu UpdateWHO says it is considering a stockpile of 60 million doses of vaccine for poor nations. (Keep in mind--this is not very many doses).
Helen Branswell writes on this, including the rationale for the size of the stockpile.
When the idea of a virtual vaccine stockpile was brought up there, a representative from Thailand raised the one per cent figure, saying his country would need enough vaccine to protect 600,000 essential workers - health-care workers, police and the military.
The Rand Corporation is the latest group to detail the lack of readiness for a pandemic.
Despite these advances, Lurie said, there are still huge gaps in preparedness.
She said one hindrance to answering the question, “Are we prepared?” has been that there is no clear understanding of what being prepared means.
Hungary continues to insist that it did not cause the flu outbreak in Suffolk.
Kuwait continues to inform world that no new cases of bird flu have emerged there.
OK. So there were 2,500 birds in Iceland that were due to die anyway. So, they killed (culled) them as part of a drill for pandemic flu.
Irish GPs are being asked to comment on that nation's pandemic flu plan.
Qatar ran a bird flu exercise yesterday.
Here's an interesting story. An 107 year old woman in Toledo says that surviving the 1918 flu improved her health.
More on the poultry industry and a lack of hygiene promoting bird flu.
Article from Nebraska on respirators during a pandemic.
Yesterday, we ran the story of Des Moines, IA, looking for a place to quarantine people during a a pandemic. Effect Measure opens a can on that idea.