Friday, December 23, 2005

China Holds Back Important Bird Flu Samples

China is just going to have to learn to share.

Shigeru Omi, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said no viruses had been made available from China's 31 reported outbreaks in poultry this year, despite requests to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Thirty-one samples? Do they realize that we're all in this together? I understand that transparency is not in the nature of Beijing, but this is the sort of move akin to shooting yourself in the foot.


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