If your neighbor’s apartment is on fire, do you hoard all the water until the flames are at your door? That seems to be the U.S. response to the risk of avian influenza. The U.S. strategy (see Owen Barder’s summary U.S. Plans for Avian Flu is mostly "U.S. first." It emphasizes stockpiling existing anti-viral medications and pushing research on vaccines to serve the U.S. Particularly in the face of a global shortage, such massive stockpiling is off-base.
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Gordon Brown, the UK Finance Minister, presented his tenth annual budget today. It included a strong commitment to Advance Market Commitments. From Chapter 5 of the report:
Today's New York Times (free registration required) discusses whether the lesson of the campaign to eradicate polio is that it is more effective to control than to try to eradicate diseases:
Today the struggling drive against polio has raised new questions about whether eradication of any disease is achievable, and, if so, whether the cost in terms of effort and dollars would be worth it, given all the other diseases that need attention.
A new study, Winners and Losers: Impact of the Doha Round on Developing Countries by Sandra Polaski of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is similar to others from the World Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute in finding modest but positive benefits for most countries from various Doha Round scenarios.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt reported this week on preparations for a possible influenza pandemic, promised to act soon to boost US flu vaccine production capacity and promote cell-based vaccine technology.
EMERYVILLE, Calif. Biotech company Chiron is recalling a vaccine used to combat measles, mumps and rubella.
The Emeryville-based company says it distributed about five million doses of what it calls the Morupar vaccine to developing countries in 2005. Another 450-thousand doses were distributed in Italy.
While US negotiators continue to hammer on the European Union to improve its offer on agricultural market access in the Doha trade talks, US intransigience is holding up progress on agricultural subsidy cuts. One of the few achievements thus far in the negotiations is agreement that there should be caps on the amount of subsidy for specific commodities, such as cotton. US negotiators are insisting on using 1999-2001 as the base period for setting these caps, while other negotiators want to use a longer period average, for 1995-2000.