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WHO Calls Summit of Flu Vaccine Makers

IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

November 01, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

The World Health Organization is organizing an unprecedented summit of flu vaccine makers and nations to expand plans for dealing with the growing threat of a flu pandemic.

Sixteen vaccine companies and health officials from the U.S. and other large countries will attend the Nov. 11 summit in Geneva, said Klaus Stohr, influenza chief of the U.N. health agency.

World capacity for flu vaccine now is only 300 million doses, and it would take at least six months to develop a new vaccine to fight a pandemic. The WHO wants to get "all issues on the table," monetary and scientific, that prevent getting more vaccine, more quickly, Stohr said.

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