Monday, August 6, 2007

Will we ever resolve the virus sharing debate?

Reuters is reporting that Indonesia is still not sharing live viruses, but instead sent "fragments" from the latest victim in May that contained no live virus and where, therefore, unusable for vaccine production.

The impasse between Indonesia and WHO continues despite a meeting in Singapore last week to work out how viruses should be shared.

Is there any end in sight? The World Health Assembly (all 193 member states) will officially address the issue in the May 2008 assembly meeting... hope that isn't too late!

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