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Who Activities in Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, January - May 2006   [open pdf - 193KB]

"From 7-9 November 2005, a meeting on avian influenza and human pandemic influenza was jointly convened by WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the World Bank. Participants reached a number of conclusions and agreed on a 12-point action plan. Concerning human health matters, four main opportunities to act were identified: reduce high-risk behaviours associated with human infections; improve the detection, investigation, and reporting of human cases and, in so doing, strengthen the early warning system; contain an emerging pandemic virus; and increase pandemic preparedness. A fifth item - considered by many participants to be the most pressing need for adequate preparedness - concerned world capacity to manufacture sufficient quantities of pandemic vaccines and antiviral drugs, at sufficient speed, and to make these interventions broadly accessible to all countries."

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