Six countries to get grants for flu vaccine production

first_imgApr 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In an effort to improve developing countries’ access to potential pandemic influenza vaccines, the WHO (World Health Organization) said today it is awarding grants to six countries to help them develop the capacity to make flu vaccine.The grants of up to $2.5 million each will go to three countries hit hard by H5N1 avian flu—Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand—plus Brazil, Mexico, and India, the WHO said. The money will come from $10 million supplied by the United States and $8 million from Japan.The announcement comes on the eve of a WHO-sponsored conference on ways to provide developing countries with access to pandemic vaccines. The issue came to the fore in February, when Indonesia revealed it had stopped sending H5N1 virus samples to the WHO, in order to protest use of the samples by drug companies to make vaccines priced beyond the country’s reach.In late March, following a meeting with the WHO, Indonesia promised to resume sending the samples in return for a WHO pledge to develop new guidelines for sample sharing and an interim promise not to share samples with drug companies without the source country’s approval. However, the WHO has not yet reported receiving any samples.In announcing the grants today, Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said, “It is imperative that the global community works collectively to ensure more equitable access to a vaccine and other health measures in the event of an influenza pandemic. We all have a responsibility to protect global health security.”With flu vaccine production facilities, countries will be equipped to protect their people from seasonal flu, said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research. And if a pandemic emerges, the facilities can be converted to make a vaccine based on the pandemic strain, she said.It will take at least 3 to 5 years for the six countries to start producing vaccine, the WHO said. Until then, they will need help to ensure they can obtain vaccines.The meeting scheduled tomorrow will include officials from countries with human H5N1 cases, donor countries, and vaccine manufacturers in developed and developing countries.The WHO had announced Mar 22 that six projects to establish flu vaccine production facilities in developing countries were in the final approval stage, but the countries were not named at that point.See also:Mar 27 CIDRAP News story “WHO, Indonesia reach accord on virus sharing”last_img read more

Arsenal target Monchi still considering next move after leaving Roma

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 9:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link221Shares The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a reunion with Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Axed Roma sporting director Monchi has played down speculation he has already agreed to join Arsenal and says he will take his time before deciding his next move.The Italian club announced on Friday that Monchi had left the club by mutual consent, with Roma chief James Pallotta deciding to overhaul the club’s structure after their Champions League exit and the subsequent sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco.Monchi isn’t expected to be out of work for long, though, with a move to the Gunners mooted ever since Unai Emery was first appointed. Monchi masterminded Sevilla’s recent success but was more hit and miss at Roma (Getty)Nevertheless, his stock remains high having made around £200m profit in player sales during his 17 years at Sevilla, snapping up the likes of Dani Alves, Carlos Bacca and Grzegorz Krychowiak on the cheap and selling at a massive profit.Arsenal are in need of a new sporting director after Sven Mislintat’s departure earlier this year and, given the club’s modest spending power at present, Monchi is seen as an ideal candidate to lead their recruitment.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Emery is thought to be keen to work under Monchi again at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The two had an excellent relationship at Sevilla, building a squad that won the Europa League in three successive seasons, though Monchi refused to confirm that a move to Arsenal was imminent.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked specifically about the Arsenal links, Monchi told Pagine Romaniste: ‘I have not decided my future yet.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘I do not think it’s time to examine these things. It’s time to remember beautiful things.’Although there were some success stories during his time at Roma – such as Cengiz Under and Nicolo Zaniolo – Monchi was widely criticised for a lot of his signings. Comment Arsenal target Monchi still considering next move after leaving Romalast_img read more