Navigation Links
WHO Director Urges Nations to Share Bird Flu Virus Strains

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, has called upon all member countries not to hold back any H5N1 virus samples as that would handicap the organization in the fight contain bird blu.

"If you do not share the virus with us . I would fail you," said he said in a speech to the agency's 193 member countries. Without H5N1 samples from affected countries, Chan said that "you are tying my hands, you're muffling my ears, you're blinding my eyes."

He said that a flu pandemic would be the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century. Tracking H5N1's evolution is essential to determine when virus mutations might enable it to be more easily spread between people.

Without current bird flu samples, Chan warned that the global community's current stockpiles _ numerous countries have bought anti-viral and pre-pandemic vaccine stockpiles_ would be wasted.

"I need the virus to track new resistance patterns so that your investment in antivirals does not go down the drain," Chan said.

Several experimental pre-pandemic vaccines based on H5N1 exist, but as the virus continues to mutate, scientists need to match the latest circulating strain to that in the vaccine, to ensure that the vaccines would work.

Chan did not single out any country by name, but Indonesia and China have been the main holdouts. Indonesia in particular has been locked in a virus stand off with WHO since last year.

Though Indonesia's health minister Tuesday announced that the country had shared three viruses with a WHO-accredited laboratory in Japan, it is uncertain whether further viruses will be shared. Indonesia has complained that the viruses it shares would be used for vaccines that its population cannot afford.

China has also been less than forthcoming with bird flu samples. No H5N1 viruses have been received from China for nearly a year _ during which time Beijing has reported several human bird flu cases. China is readying five virus samples to be shared with WHO, but it is unknown when they will actually be sent, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

Three draft resolutions on the sharing of bird flu samples and access to a future pandemic vaccine are being scrutinized by an expert group at WHO's annual gathering.

Key to the WHO's disease surveillance system, including early warning of a flu pandemic, are the WHO's revised International Health Regulations on preventing and responding to infectious disease threats which will come into effect June 15.

Many countries _ including the U.S. _ have already adopted them, though they remain voluntary. The new health regulations oblige countries to report new disease threats with global public health significance, such as new flu subtypes. They also allow the WHO to act on credible information sources, rather than being reliant strictly on official government channels. The regulations are not legally binding.

Chan said she would do her best to help countries implement the regulations.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. DNA Directory Under Construction For Indian Criminals !
2. Clash of Difference of perceptions in food policy among Principals’ and Director
3. WHO Director-General passes away on 23rd of May
4. Pro-reservation body seeks removal of AIIMS Director
5. AIIMS Director Venugopal Sacked
6. China Nominates Margaret Chan to Run for WHO Director-Generals Post
7. Canada: On Popular Demand, Tamiflu finds a Berth in the Directory of Patent Drugs
8. AIIMS Director Venugopal Removed from Additional Post
9. President Bush Urges Citizens to Invest In Health Savings Account (HSAs)
10. Minister Of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors To Help Indias Disabled Population
11. Minister of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors to help India’s Disabled Populatio
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Colorado spine surgeon, ... of 334 spine surgeons to know in 2016 . The list consists of ... of spine surgery. , Dr. Corenman understands the importance of clinical excellence; he ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... ... The annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising SharePoint Solution Providers in ... commitment to the SharePoint ecosystem. A panel of experts and members of CIOReview’s editorial ... and promote technology entrepreneurship. , The survey was made at the end of ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... San Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... Combine which was held in San Diego, CA, on February 6th & 7th, 2016 ... NFL combine for those who were not invited to the NFL’s combine in Indianapolis,” ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... , ... President Obama’s budget proposal yesterday enables the HHS ... via telehealth, estimated to generate more than $160 million in savings over 10 ... Although there is more to be done, this represents an important victory ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... , a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical ... for practitioners and specialists working in infectious diseases. , As the all-inclusive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... NEW YORK , Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... a foot-focused suite of products designed to support ... ExoSOLS™, are custom orthotic insoles that combine years ... 1,000 partners in the podiatric field with cutting ... align, and propel . It is supported by ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... DUBLIN , February 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the "Molecular Diagnostics ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rp4pg8/molecular ) has announced ... Reports Bundle" report to their offering. ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rp4pg8/molecular ) has announced the addition of ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... och PITTSBURGH , ... lämnas inte, och detta pressmeddelande får inte ... eller till, och inga anmälningssedlar kommer att ... i, något land där Erbjudandet, distribution av ... Erbjudandet skulle strida mot tillämpliga lagar eller ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: