WHO and Schering to provide poor countries with bird flu vaccines technology
WHO says the technology will be licensed free of charge to vaccine manufacturers in developing countries who take part in a UN action plan to stop a global outbreak of the deadly H5N1 flu strain.
The UN health agency told reporters in Geneva that manufacturers would likely need four years to meet global demand if a pandemic outbreak occurred today. The estimate is based on a study by pharmaceutical association IFPMA. The study found that even with capacity increases planned by 2014 it would take up to two-and-a-half years to meet global demand after an outbreak.
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