Saturday, October 22, 2005
I was actually only aiming for alarmism, talking of the 'flu winging it over to civilised parts.
I didn't mean for the pythonesque Brits to wheel out the old dead parrot sketch ...
Nor is it reassuring when the usually sober Financial Times comes up with a headline about human 'flu preparation looking like costing billions.
So ... the "global community will need to spend at least 'several hundred million dollars' to prepare for a human flu pandemic in the months ahead", eh?
All eyes, I guess, on that Nov 7 Genève meeting of
Impressive. Widest ranging meeting on preparations, neatly timed for the aviating 'flu's spread from Asia to Europe, alerting "the world to the risk of a variant of the virus mutating into a form lethal to humans."
That's all right then - at least the field's narrowed somewhat: "the current strain or a different one."
Irony: The first sighting of Avian flu occurred next door to where the first foot-n-mouth disease was uncovered.
Look out for Europe banning live-bird imports
International Herald Tribune: Every state for itself.
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