Indonesia

Indonesia has said it will immediately resume sharing samples of its deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, following an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), scientists and donors on a framework through which developing countries will receive greater access to vaccines for non-seasonal viruses, including bird flu. After two days of talks in Jakarta, samples will now be sent only to four WHO collaborating laboratories, which will do diagnostic tests on them, update pandemic risk assessments and produce vaccine seeds. (Financial Times, UK)

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