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Aug 23, 2007

Aug 23, 2007

North American pandemic plan takes shape

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.

Aug 09, 2007

Aug 09, 2007

Indonesia to keep withholding virus samples for now

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials said this week they will continue withholding samples of the H5N1 avian influenza virus at least until a new virus-sharing mechanism is worked out at an international meeting in November.

The statements came in response to criticism earlier this week from a World Health Organization (WHO) official, who said Indonesia was endangering global health by withholding the viruses.

Aug 07, 2007

Aug 07, 2007

WHO: Indonesia's withholding of viruses endangers world

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization official said yesterday that Indonesia is endangering the world's health by continuing to withhold H5N1 influenza virus samples collected from human patients.

Aug 01, 2007

Aug 01, 2007

WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues

(CIDRAP News) – Representatives from 24 countries are meeting in Singapore this week to propose solutions to virus-sharing problems that threaten to derail global monitoring of the H5N1 avian influenza virus and stall the development of new vaccines and treatments.

Jul 17, 2007

Jul 17, 2007

White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The White House Homeland Security Council today released a 1-year update on the federal government's pandemic influenza preparedness strategy, reporting that it has met 86% of the objectives it set for itself a year ago.

Jun 21, 2007

Jun 21, 2007

FLU CONFERENCE COVERAGE Animal-health experts fear loss of interest in avian flu

– TORONTO (CIDRAP News) – Declining public interest in the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza and its pandemic potential has sparked alarm among animal-health experts, who worry that shifting priorities will derail the funding still needed to control the disease in birds.

Jun 18, 2007

Jun 18, 2007

FLU CONFERENCE COVERAGE New disease-control rules follow reminders of risks

– TORONTO (CIDRAP News) – Ten years after H5N1 avian influenza first began to raise fears of a potential pandemic, the world has a stronger set of tools to contain that virus and similar threats, but also a fresh awareness of humanity's vulnerability to fast-spreading diseases, experts said yesterday at an international conference on flu.

May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

Congress cut pandemic funds before passing spending bill

(CIDRAP News) – Farmers, airlines, and salmon fishermen stood to benefit when Congress passed a modestly trimmed emergency spending bill yesterday, but pandemic influenza preparedness lost out.

May 22, 2007

May 22, 2007

WHO has draft agreement in virus-sharing dispute

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has negotiated a preliminary agreement designed to maintain the international sharing of influenza virus samples while ensuring that developing countries can obtain pandemic flu vaccines, news services reported today.

May 22, 2007

HHS launches blog on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – To encourage the public to join discussions on pandemic influenza preparedness, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a 5-week blog on the topic in conjunction with a Jun 13 leadership forum.

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