China's Response to Avian Flu: Steps Taken, Challenges Remaining, and Transparency, Roundtable before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 24, 2006   [open pdf - 147KB]

The purpose of this roundtable is to examine China's response to avian flu. David Dorman made the following remarks in his opening statement, "Chinese authorities recorded over 30 outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry stocks in 2005, and have also confirmed 11 human cases of bird flu since November 2005. In response, the central government has appropriated over US$200 million for the creation of a nationwide avian flu command center, initiated avian flu emergency management plans, and reported outbreaks to international health organizations in a generally timely manner. Local officials have also culled and vaccinated millions of poultry in affected areas. Still, health experts consider China to be one of the prime incubators for a potential human influenza pandemic. Concerns also exist about the degree of transparency in Chinese Government reporting on some of the outbreaks." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John R. Clifford, Erika Elvander, and Bates Gill.

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