May 10 Flu UpdateTime writes on the Indonesian standoff. Remember, an apparent deal had been struck, and then it was never followed up on. Here, we note some hurt feelings.
Now Indonesia Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari tells TIME that there's been a lack of "goodwill" from the WHO, and that Indonesia won't share a single virus with the international community until it receives a "green light" from the WHO that Jakarta would retain commercial control of its samples. "We feel let down by the WHO," she said in an interview last Friday. "We only demand fairness."
Revere evaluates everyone's position in this stand off.
The question to WHO was this: should a vaccine be administered before a pandemic starts? The answer is "equivocal." CIDRAP reports.
Article in India wonders (and wonders) if the scare over 2,000+ dead birds is worth it.
Sanovac has approval from the Chinese government to go to Phase II of vaccine testing.
A mere example of what we can expect during a pandemic...Thailand was returning a rare vulture to Mongolia. But, two countries would not let the bird through, on fears of bird flu.
Flu might actually have raised poultry prices in Indonesia by keeping supply down.
The European Commission is holding seminars on diagnosing bird flu.
New Zealand held a pandemic exercise on border control. Check out the photo if you want to feel confident...
Officials in California are preparing for a pandemic which could make more than 8 million people sick there. Here is a sage comment:
To Kuepper, even the ablest and quickest county response to a rampaging virus is only a holding action, something to buy time in hopes that researchers can quickly detect the virus and concoct a vaccine.
“Always wash your hands,” he concluded. “And pray for an effective vaccine.”
California writer reminds readers they should pay attention when there is an outbreak elsewhere in the world.