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Greece urges coordination in fighting possible bird flu pandemic
www.chinaview.cn 2005-12-10 06:22:16

    ATHENS, Dec. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Greece said on Friday that European Union member states must coordinate their actions in the event of a bird flu pandemic.

    Speaking to EU health ministers' council in Brussels, Greek Health and Solidarity Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis said that the European Commission and the European Food Safety Agency can take on the role of coordinator, adding that appointing a coordinator is a must, Athens News Agency reported.

    He also supported France's proposal regarding anti-viral drugs and Austria's proposal to appoint a representative who will negotiate with the pharmaceuticals industry on behalf of EU member states.

    Kaklamanis recommended that a reserve of anti-viral drugs and shots be created and managed through a protocol procedure.

    He said that the reserve would be available to all EU member states and their neighboring countries.

    He also suggested that a solidarity fund be set up and the issue be discussed further at the next summit, citing the reason that there is no point in deciding in creating a reserve of anti-viral medicine if the endeavor is not backed financially. Enditem 

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