November 22 Flu UpdateWelcome Helen Branswell back to the flu beat: WHO meeting battling long odds on virus sharing.
Revere has the best posts on the WHO meeting, running dispatches from someone on the scene....here are the day 2 updates. The US and Indonesia are really going at it.
Indonesia has not said that it will not participate in a mandatory virus sharing, mandatory benefit sharing system. It has said, and other countries such as Brazil have agreed, that whether or not virus sharing should be mandatory should remain in brackets until the result of other negotiations here are clear. Until the whole package is apparent. The US attack and subsequent inflexibility left it isolated on the issue and ended the day (at 9:30PM) on a relatively sour note.
And here's the update from Day 3.
Second, this meeting is not getting very far. The results appear unlikely to move us very far forward. Not only is there too much hotly contested text resulting in too little time to properly work through the issues, but the main players that need to pony up their ideas for fixing the GISN (namely, the US, EU, and Indonesia) are not articulating solutions.
Text of Margaret Chan's address to the WHO meeting.
I fully support any effort that leads to greater and more equitable access to pandemic vaccines. Vaccines are the best insurance policy for public health. They are our best protection against the risk that the next pandemic will negate or set back our hard-won achievements in health development. The meeting will also address the sharing of viruses. The sharing of viruses serves public health in ways that go beyond the development of pandemic vaccines.
ProMed on UK and Yemen. Note possible outbreak in Yemen.
The UK released its plans for vaccinating the entire nation.
The UK's antiviral stock is also to be doubled....
Which Roche reports it can handle with ramped up production.
The Guardian (UK) does a Q&A on pandemic flu.
The Scottish Government reports on pandemic prep to its parliament.
Journalists in Ghana receive lessons in bird flu reporting.
Azerbaijan checks in: situation stable.
After four months, Hong Kong is importing Malaysian poultry again.
The Astrology of the 1918 Pandemic is detailed...