A UN report says millions could die and the H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic could result in anarchy unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines for poorer nations.
The disclosure will provoke concerns that health officials will not be able to stem the growth of the worldwide H1N1 pandemic in developing countries. If the virus takes hold in the poorest nations, millions could die and the economies of fragile countries could be destroyed.
Health ministers around the globe were sent the warning on Thursday in a report on the costs of averting a humanitarian disaster in the next few months. It comes as officials inside the World Health Organisation, the UN’s public health body, said they feared they would not be able to raise half that amount because of the global downturn.
“The downturn means that governments countries are reluctant to give,” he said.
The 47-page report provides a detailed breakdown of the basic needs of 75 vulnerable countries with the weakest capacity to withstand an escalation of the virus. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/20/swine-
“Countries where health services are overburdened by diseases, such as HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, will have great difficulty managing the surge of cases. And if the electricity and water sectors are not able to maintain services, this will have serious implications for the ability of the health sector to function.
While health ministers are crying for more funding, Health Canada has taken to educate it’s citizens. This flyer was sent to every citizen in Ontario, Canada http://snardfarker.ning.com/profiles/blogs/this-flyer-was-sent-to-every outlining H1N1 precautions.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/health/12flu.html?_r=1 says Swine Flu Vaccine Will Be Too Late to Prevent Pandemic, Experts Say.
Several prominent epidemiologists are warning that even though the new swine flu vaccine works much better than expected, it will still come too late to blunt the peak of this season’s pandemic. The epidemiologists said Friday that they expected the peak to come as early as next month, long before enough vaccine to protect all 159 million Americans who need it most will be ready.
In any event, most cases are expected to be mild. The virus has not changed significantly since the spring and, while a few cases of strains resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu have been detected, they have not yet become widespread.
A lot of tax payer money is being spent on this whole Flu debacle. Making record breaking profits, unless we see an ‘official’ vaccine disaster as in the previous Swine Flu, will be the pharmaceutical companies. Why doesn’t WHO ask them for money and vaccines?
The U.S. and wealthy nations ship food and aid to poor countries all of the time. There is a history of not getting things into the hands of the people that are most in need. Foreign aid trucks get abducted and I would suspect medical supplies for the flu would be no different. As for WHO claiming anarchy- where? Like in Darfur where the last thing on any one’s mind is a flu shot. I pity the poorest, but the money an effort would be well spent in other ways.
WHO apparently fails to realize it that the preventable malaria campaign isn’t working, and millions die every year from a fully preventable disease.
I’d just assume we don’t make an ass out of u n me and send vaccines to people who have no idea what they are being vaccinated for or against. I could say the same for the wealthiest citizen nations of the world as well.
Conspiracy theory can sometimes be triggered by real world events.
Open wide, say ahhh and check out these posts on the A/H1N1 Swine Flu from Ahrcanum, where the conspiracy spreads as fast as the virus itself.http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/swine-flu-report/