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EU faces bird flu vaccine shortage
www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-16 03:17:34

    BRUSSELS, Sept. 15 (Xinhuanet) - European Union (EU) Health and Consumer Commissioner Markos Kyprianou warned on Thursday that the 25-nation bloc is still not ready for a possible avian flu pandemic.

    "I am most concerned about the amount of vaccines available," he told the European Parliament, "because we will need large quantities all at once" if Europe is hit by the pandemic.

    The Commissioner said he was unhappy that he had no informationabout the levels of stocks in member states. He added that pressure should be put on member states to agree partnership dealswith the pharmaceuticals industry.

    The EU executive European Commission earmarked nearly one million euros (about 1.2 million US dollars) on Wednesday to enhance national surveillance programs for avian influenza, amid fears that the virus could be carried into the EU from Russia by migratory birds. Enditem

    

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