July 17 Flu UpdateA US government report says that the US has completed many elements of its pandemic plan, but many hard ones are still in place, including rapid tests and hospital capacity.
NY Times on bird flu prep going on.
“The reality is that there are tremendous challenges to sealing our borders to begin with,” said Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, special assistant to the president for biodefense, “Secondly we believe that if a pandemic virus emerges anywhere in the globe, it is inevitable that it will arrive here in the U.S. irrespective of the actions we take at the borders.”
CIDRAP on the US Report--says 86% of objectives have been met.
On the other hand, Ghana says it is ready to fight the bird flu.
This will surely energize the blogosphere. Margaret Chan says a pandemic can be prevented.
The Czech Republic is preparing to ask the EU for support in the fight against bird flu.
Migratory birds in Siberia have bird flu antibodies.
China (yes, China) touts the value of teamwork against bird flu.
A Mayor in the Philippines is waging a fight against bird flu in his town.
Mississippi residents are told what it will take for them to be ready for bird flu.
People in New Zealand are reminded of what they would have to survive in a pandemic.
Effect Measure blogs this question--what would the implications of being able to distinguish natural and induced immunity in birds?
Roche has approval for some new doses of Tamiflu.
St. Jude's receives major grant for flu research.