New WHO chief urges member states to step up efforts for flu pandemicBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39090.553993.4E (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:61
- John Zarocostas
The new head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, has called for continued vigilance against the threat of a human influenza pandemic and has urged all 193 member states to step up their preparedness efforts.
Shortly after taking over as director general on 4 January, Dr Chan told reporters that in the past 15 months the number of countries with a pandemic preparedness plan in place had risen from about 50 to 170 and was still increasing. But she warned, “The risk is there. We should not let our guard down.”