WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines just before adjourning its annual meeting of member countries today.The resolution calls on the WHO to establish “an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 or other influenza viruses of pandemic potential, and to formulate mechanisms and guidelines aimed at ensuring fair and equitable distribution of pandemic-influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the WHO said in a news release.The resolution also calls for creation of an interdisciplinary working group to draw up new “terms of reference” (TORs) for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories, the agency said.”The new TORs will take into account the origin of influenza viruses going into the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network and will make their use more transparent,” the WHO said. “Once finalized, these TORs will be submitted to a special Intergovernmental Meeting of WHO Member States and regional economic organizations.”The resolution is a response to Indonesia’s recent withholding of H5N1 influenza virus samples to protest the high cost of commercial vaccines derived from such samples. Breaking with a long tradition of free international sharing of flu virus specimens, Indonesia stopped sending samples to the WHO last December. Last week the country said it had resumed supplying viruses, but the WHO has said it has received only three samples so far.Countries are expected to continue sharing viruses while the new WHO rules are hammered out, news reports have said. But Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s head of communicable disease control, said today that the new agreement is voluntary, according to the Associated Press (AP).”If countries wish to make exceptions, they will make exceptions,” Heymann told the AP. “We will have an opportunity to see over the next few weeks, as we begin to request the viruses, if there are any conditions on [using] the viruses as they are sent in.”Indonesia and other developing countries had proposed that the WHO supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine manufacturers only with the consent of the source country. But the adopted resolution, which emerged from a WHO committee yesterday, says that vaccine makers should have full access to viruses from the WHO during a public health emergency, the AP reported yesterday.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, in closing remarks, reminded the delegates of their responsibilities under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR), according to the WHO release. The revised regulations, which take effect in June, are designed to stop the international spread of infectious diseases.”When collective security is at stake, public opinion can carry great weight,” Chan said. “After very considerable discussion, you have adopted a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines and other benefits. I want to underscore the importance of this decision. My responsibilities in implementing the IHR depend on this sharing.”In a statement today, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said he was pleased that the WHO resolution makes clear that member states must continue to share flu viruses with the agency’s flu surveillance network.”Withholding influenza viruses from the Global Influenza Surveillance Network greatly threatens global public health and is inconsistent with the spirit of the legal obligations we have all agreed to undertake through our adherence to the International Health Regulations,” Leavitt said.As the 10-day WHO meeting ended, Heymann warned that current global vaccine production capacity remains far from adequate to protect the world’s population in the event of a pandemic.According to a Reuters report, Heymann said vaccine makers can produce enough vaccine for only 1.5 billion of the world’s 6.2 billion people. It will be “a five-year maximum before we believe we will have enough vaccine to begin to talk about equitable sharing,” he said.In a report last October, the WHO estimated world flu vaccine production capacity at 350 million doses of trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, which could possibly be pushed to 500 million trivalent doses in an emergency. That would be the equivalent of 1.5 billion doses of single-strain vaccine.In other action, the World Health Assembly of WHO members approved a record budget of $4.2 billion for 2008-09, up from $3.3 billion for 2006-07, the agency said. “The new budget highlights the continued trend of increased investment in global public health,” the statement said.The members also approved resolutions dealing with the prevention and treatment of malaria and tuberculosis and the eradication of polio, among other actions.See also:May 23 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/wha02/en/index.htmlMay 23 United Nations news releaseOct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more

AEW Dynamite Highlights: Jericho retains title with Jake Hager’s help

first_img LIVE TV The Moxley and Omega rivalry had already added a lot of flavour to this tag match, even before the bell was sounded. While the two teams kept exchanging blows and momentum kept shifting, Omega and Moxley went to the ring underside and got out baseball bats with barb wires on the top of them. The two avoided getting seriously hurt with the weapon until Moxley came into a position of power only to be interrupted by PAC who took his bat and threw it out. An angry Mosley attacked PAC and left the ring. Page and Kenny Omega took care of the rest as they ended PAC’s misery by pinning him. It was announced that PAC will face Jon Moxley in next week’s Dynamite.ALSO READ | AEW DYNAMITE: Jon Moxley leaves WWE and criticises WWE scriptOther Matches FOLLOW US First Published: 17th October, 2019 14:41 IST Mrigank Pandey 10 months ago WWE News: 6 WWE stars who might move towards AEW in the future 10 months ago WWE NXT-AEW: Television ratings and other demographics from this week WATCH US LIVE Written By All Elite Wrestling (AEW) started its first weekly broadcast in the form of ‘Dynamite’, this October. Fans of Pro-Wrestling have been very excited about AEW’s entry into space which is dominated by the WWE’s product. The third episode of Dynamite aired on the morning of October 17. Here are the highlights. ALSO READ | WWE News: 6 WWE stars who might move towards AEW in the futureAEW Dynamite: Chris Jericho vs. Darby Allin – Street Fight for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship WE RECOMMENDcenter_img ALSO READ | AEW Dynamite: Kenny Omega attacked by Pac and Moxley, highlights Riho (champion) vs. Dr Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s Championship (Riho won)  The Lucha Brothers vs. Jungle Boy and Marco Stunt for the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament FIRST ROUND (The Lucha Brothers won) Ortiz and Santana vs. Silver and Reynolds (Ortiz and Santana won) Best Friends vs. SCU for the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament FIRST ROUND (SCU won) COMMENT 11 months ago AEW Dynamite news, results from the inaugural episode of the new show Last Updated: 17th October, 2019 14:41 IST AEW Dynamite Highlights: Jericho Retains Title With Jake Hager’s Help On this week’s AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho faced Darby Allin and Jon Moxley turned his back on PAC. Check out all the main highlights in this article. 10 months ago AEW DYNAMITE: Jon Moxley leaves WWE and criticises WWE script SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago AEW Dynamite Preview: Jericho and Guevara to face Runnels and Page Darby Allin got some momentum on Chris Jericho at the start of the match but Jericho eventually got out a Kendo stick and used it on Allin, ruthlessly. Allin took a few shots at Jericho too but to no avail. Jericho then proceeded to tie Allin’s hands up by using a ducktape. To the audience’s thrill, Allin did not need his hands to take the attack to Jericho. The high-flyer executed some superb moves on the World Champion and was about to go aerial once again when Jake Hager attacked him on the turnbuckle and Jericho made a quick pin to retain the title. The ‘Inner Circle’ came out to pop Champagne and celebrate with Jericho.ALSO READ | WWE NXT-AEW: Television ratings and other demographics from this weekAEW Dynamite: Jon Moxley and PAC vs. Adam Page and Kenny Omegalast_img read more