Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pandemic Flu & Vaccine Supply - A WHO Controversy

India today asked the WHO to explain reports that swine flu was a false pandemic. During a meeting of the WHO Executive Health Board, the Indian Union Health Secretary noted that news reports that the pandemic was false were adversely impacting the public health measures being undertaken in various nations. She also called for greater transparency on terms and conditions on which international vaccine manufacturers were supplying vaccines globally.

In response to this intervention by India, the WHO has agreed to formally write to National Focal Points in all countries clarifying the factual position about the H1N1 pandemic. This should quell all doubts that had been created by recent reports which have placed the organisation squarely and rather uncomfortably in the middle of this controversy.

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