Saturday, January 14, 2006

China: Nations Convene to Mobilize Pandemic Flu Preparedness

The International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Influenza convenes in Beijing on January 17-18, with a goal of winning commitments of $1 billion or more to help combat outbreaks of bird flu and avert the emergence of a human influenza pandemic. The government of China, the World Bank and the European Commission are jointly sponsoring the meeting; donor nations and affected nations are attending.

The World Bank has conducted a study estimating the costs of preparedness at between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion. In 2005, the United States earmarked more than $50 million to help other nations control avian influenza and prepare for a possible human influenza pandemic. A U.S. delegation will attend the Beijing meeting. Read More ....

Source: The Washington File via Critt Jarvis - Global Voices Online
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