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New WHO chief urges member states to step up efforts for flu pandemic

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:61
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    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.”

    The …

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