16 Apr '11, 8am

Countries agree global deal to share virus samples: GENEVA - VIRUS samples will be shared globally in exchange f...

Countries agree global deal to share virus samples: GENEVA - VIRUS samples will be shared globally in exchange f...

Virus samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic. -- PHOTO: REUTERS GENEVA - VIRUS samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic, diplomats at the World Health Organisation said on Saturday. Negotiators ended an all-night session with a draft agreement accepted by all countries, including the United States, which was the last to join the consensus, they said. Health ministers were expected to adopt the framework deal, which lays down participation by the drug industry, at the WHO's annual meeting being held May 16-24. Countries would share virus samples with the WHO's network of laboratories in return for affordable vaccines derived from them. The industry has pledged to donate drugs...

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straitstimes.com 16 Apr '11, 11pm

GENEVA - THE World Health Organisation said on Saturday an agreement has been reached on sharing flu virus samples, hammer...