May 20, 2013
New Scientist reported on May 6 that China’s H7N9 bird-flu is, “definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far.” Yet, R&D funding has been limited and vaccine production is anemic. The article concluded, “As it stands, the WHO’s top brass will watch any H7N9 pandemic unfold from the SHOC [the Strategic Health Operations Centre at the World Health Organization in Geneva]. Information will flood in; body counts will mount. Governments will be told that their demands for vaccines and drugs cannot be met. The SHOC will issue declarations, hold briefings, organise research, tell people to wash their hands and stay home. Mostly, though, it will just watch helplessly.”
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