WHO has draft agreement in virus-sharing dispute

first_img May 15 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again” The Reuters story said the draft resolution is the product of “arduous” negotiations among the WHO member countries. A draft resolution passed by a WHO committee today says the agency will develop rules to ensure timely sharing of viruses with the WHO and “fair and equitable distribution of pandemic influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the Associated Press (AP) reported. A proposal from developing countries led by Indonesia had called for the WHO to supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine makers only with the consent of the donor country. But the resolution adopted by the WHO committee says that during “public health emergencies of international concern,” manufacturers should have “full access” to viruses from the WHO, the AP reported. The agreement doesn’t precisely define a public health emergency, but WHO officials said a flu pandemic would qualify, according to the story. While the new rules are being developed, countries are expected to continue sharing virus samples with the WHO, Reuters reported. Researchers use the samples to develop vaccines and to monitor the viruses’ spread, its ability to infect humans, and its resistance to drugs. May 14 CIDRAP News story “Virus sharing high on agenda as WHO meeting begins” The negotiations were chaired by Viroj Tangcharoensathien of Thailand. He commented, “Trust has now gradually been regained in the work of the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network, which is the backbone of influenza containment.”center_img The draft agreement is a response to Indonesia’s complaint that drug companies can use H5N1 avian flu viruses provided by Indonesia to make vaccines the country can’t afford. In protest, Indonesia stopped sending virus samples to the WHO last December. Last week the Indonesian government said it had resumed sending specimens. But WHO officials said only three have been sent so far, according to Reuters, despite a string of more than 15 human H5N1 cases in Indonesia since the start of this year. But the resolution, which is expected to be approved by the World Health Assembly of 193 WHO members tomorrow, does not define “timely sharing” of samples or fair distribution of vaccines, the AP said. The WHO has coordinated the international sharing of flu virus samples by national and WHO collaborating laboratories for more than 50 years. Samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 are analyzed. May 22, 2007 (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. See also: Reuters reported that the resolution calls for setting up a working group to revise the “terms of reference” for WHO-affiliated laboratories that analyze viruses and to write rules for sharing them with other parties, including researchers and vaccine makers. The resolution sets a year-long timeline for completing those steps, with a goal of getting the plan approved at next year’s World Health Assembly.last_img read more

Man Utd prepared to sell Pogba to PSG

first_img Reports claim Pogba is open to the idea of joining PSG, who could be willing to hand him a bumper contract worth in excess of £400,000-a-week. read also:Man Utd star Pogba reacts to George Floyd killing on social media It is claimed Pogba would like to link-up with PSG superstars Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and former United player Angel Di Maria. Pogba has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Old Trafford since last summer after he admitted that he was keen on a ‘new challenge’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba to PSG this summer. Wantaway Manchester Utd ace Paul pogba The Daily Star says United will tell PSG to stump up around £130m if they want to sign Pogba. The French champions have been linked with a move for the World Cup winning midfielder as speculation about his Old Trafford future continues to mount.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On ScheduleBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more