November 20 Flu UpdateSorry for no update....other things intervened
US and Indonesia square off at world flu conference.
John Lange, U.S. special representative for avian and pandemic influenza, said "there should not be a one-to-one relationship between sharing of a particular sample and accruing a specific benefit".
"Countries that do their duty and share information and samples should not expect to receive something concrete each and every time they share," he said.
Revere blogs this issue, noting that solutions exist, but may never be executed.
It is not clear this problem will be resolved. There is no reason it must be resolved, only many good reasons why it should be resolved. In my view, the international community is reaping the whirlwind of its profligate use of the intellectual property system and in some sense is getting what it deserves. Indonesia has the virus and we don't. They make the call.
UK confirms second case of bird flu in animals, and there is apparently a new outbreak in a Saudi Arabian market (ProMed)
WHO SG Chan says that we have been given a gift--warning of a pandemic. And preparedness is the key.
“Vulnerability is universal,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said today at the opening in Geneva of the Intergovernmental Meeting on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness. “A pandemic will, by its very nature, reach every corner of the earth, and it will do so within a matter of months.”
UK held some culls at farms that ended up testing negative.
The EU is imposing tighter bird flu controls on the UK.
The United Arab Emirates is preparing to ward off bird flu.
The UK is preparing to ask farmers to pay their share of the costs of managing animal diseases.
If we had a pandemic, we'd be 10 billion doses of vaccine short.
OIE says that India is bird flu free.
Pacific Island Nations are meeting about bird flu.