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Global aid agencies boost support to poorer nations to fight flu threat

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1856 (Published 06 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1856
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    International agencies, spearheaded by the World Health Organization, are scaling up their support to low and middle income nations, including Mexico, to help them respond to the possible threat of an A/H1N1 flu pandemic.

    All the poorest countries “with the greatest needs,” are being targeted, said Mike Ryan, WHO’s director for global alert and response. He said that the agency has begun to dispatch 2.4 million doses of antiviral drugs to 72 countries, including Mexico, from stocks donated by the drug company Roche in 2005 and 2006.

    He said the most …

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