JAKARTA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Health
Minister Siti Fadhilah Supari has accused the United States of abusing
Indonesian bird flu virus for commercial purposes, Antara news agency reported
"We sent the virus (to them) for the sake of humanity
but they have turned it into vaccines sold everywhere on the pretext of keeping
watch for pandemic," Antara news agency Thursday quoted the minister as saying
at a discussion on her book titled "It's Time for the World to Change. Devine
Hands behind Bird Flu" in Surabaya, the second largest city in the country.
On the pretext of keeping watch for pandemic, she
said the U.S. and WHO had produced vaccines and sold them to third world
countries for millions of dollars.
"They made third world nations laboratories. They
want us to be ill while at the same time selling the vaccines. Don't let this
continue," she said.
The minister said she had fought against the
injustice. However, her struggle received no attention from the Indonesian
"My book tells about my struggle against the
injustice. The injustice happens to appear in the mechanism of sharing bird flu
virus samples," she said.
"If we die, they will benefit from the sale of the
vaccines. I want the younger generation not to "sell their heads" although they
are assisted (by developed nations)," she said.
She called for continued efforts to fight bird flu at
"Although we have no technology, those who have it
and with much money, do not have the right to steal our rights," she said.
At a meeting hosted by the WHO in Geneva last year,
Supari insisted on equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of bird
She said sharing bird flu virus samples was
imperative to see if the virus had mutated, become drug resistant or grown more