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

Fairfield Nodal dives into Trinidad survey work

first_imgFairfield Nodal has been hired by an unnamed client to carry out a marine seismic data program offshore Trinidad.The company on Monday said it would deploy its Z700 Ocean Bottom Node for the “large” acquisition in late October 2017.According to Fairfield Nodal, the acquisition is expected to take four months. The company did no reveal the name of the client nor the value of the contract.“FairfieldNodal’s Z700 data acquisition system is ideally suited to meet the tough environmental conditions in this region that make OBC [Ocean Bottom Cable] or streamer surveys risky. The Z700’s simplified deployment and retrieval process make navigating the difficult currents less difficult,” Fairfield said about its Z700 system.last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse takes all 3 matchups with UConn; Jardine sees limited time in 2nd half

first_img Comments Published on March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img NEW YORK — For the first time since 1983-84, Syracuse defeated Connecticut three times in one season.‘It’s tough to beat a team, especially like Connecticut, three times in a row,’ forward James Southerland said. ‘But we came out with it and we did what we needed to do.’Each game was a little different. In the first meeting, Feb. 11 in Syracuse, a big second-half run boosted the Orange to an 18-point win. In the second, Feb. 25 in Storrs, Conn., Syracuse nearly blew a double-digit lead but held on to win by two.On Thursday, both teams battled in a defensive struggle in which it seemed they knew all of each other’s tendencies. Syracuse pulled out the 58-55 win to advance to the Big East tournament semifinals.Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun was on the court for the first time of the three meetings in Thursday’s Big East tournament quarterfinals. He missed the first two meetings with back issues and associate head coach George Blaney was in charge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe result didn’t change with Calhoun back. He praised the team Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has put together after the game.‘What Jim has done this year, you can make an argument between them and Kentucky as the best teams in the country,’ Calhoun said. ‘They certainly have a great many answers, terrific athletes.’This was the third time in the last four Big East tournaments that Syracuse and UConn met. In 2009, the Orange defeated the Huskies in six overtimes in the quarterfinals. Last season, UConn returned the favor, as Kemba Walker led his team past the Orange in the semifinals.Calhoun said he loves Boeheim ‘like a brother’ and said Boeheim has done an incredible job with the No. 2 Orange this year.Syracuse has a No. 1 seed all but locked up for the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut appears to have done enough to qualify for the 68-team field as well, although a win Thursday would have erased any worries.After beating the Huskies for the third time, Boeheim said he sees UConn doing more than just making the tournament.‘I think Connecticut is a really good team’ he said. ‘I would be shocked if they don’t win two games in the NCAA Tournament, at the minimum.’Jardine plays just 3 second-half minutesBoeheim said he went with who was playing the best. It wasn’t that Scoop Jardine was playing that bad, per se.Syracuse’s other guards were just playing at a very high level.‘He wasn’t having a great day,’ Boeheim said. ‘Dion was having a great day and Brandon was having a great day. So it was just a matter of going with the two guys that were playing better.’Jardine played just three minutes in the second half of Syracuse’s win over Connecticut. In 18 minutes total, the senior guard scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting and grabbed two rebounds. Triche and Waiters each played 17 minutes in the second half.Syracuse has tended to go with the hot hands all year long at every position, showcasing its depth down the stretch. Jardine and forward C.J. Fair were the odd ones out against UConn, as Southerland also played most of the second half at the power forward position.It was also Jardine’s second straight game in which he has struggled. The senior went scoreless in his final home game against Louisville last Saturday.‘Some games it’s been those two, some games it’s been Scoop and one of them,’ Boeheim said. ‘But today Scoop wasn’t making shots, and I thought that the two best offensive guards we had were those two guys.’Fair struggles in startC.J. Fair said he was a little under the weather leading up to SU’s matchup with UConn Thursday. Because of that ailment, the headband he usually wears in games was giving him a headache and making him dizzy so he decided to ditch it for the contest.But after going 0-of-4 with two points and no rebounds, the sophomore said he wants to wear it tomorrow against Cincinnati, health permitting.‘I decided to go without it,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully, I can wear it tomorrow.’Fair averages 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Orange coming off the bench. He started three games earlier this year when Fab Melo was suspended due to an academic issue but was surprised when Boeheim told him earlier in the week he would start against Connecticut in place of freshman Rakeem Christmas.But the start did not go as planned as Fair played the fewest minutes (15) in a game he has all year and registered his second lowest scoring total.‘Today it didn’t feel too good,’ he said. ‘I didn’t play my best today.’zjbrown@syr.edumcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more