[health-vn] INTERNATIONAL UNITY KEY TO TACKLING SWINE FLU THREAT, BAN SAYS
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Subject: INTERNATIONAL UNITY KEY TO TACKLING SWINE FLU THREAT, BAN SAYS
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 18:00:09 -0400
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INTERNATIONAL UNITY KEY TO TACKLING SWINE FLU THREAT, BAN SAYS
New York, Apr 27 2009 6:00PM
Global solidarity is critical if the world if a pandemic of swine flu is indeed
imminent, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
today, as he made an unscheduled press appearance to lay out the rapid United
Nations response to the new threat.
“The swine flu outbreak shows yet again that, in our interconnected world, no
nation can deal with threats of such dimension on its own,” Mr. Ban said,
stressing that it is the first test of the pandemic preparedness work the
community of nations has been undertaking in the past three years.
Mr. Ban emphasized that the UN system is responding quickly and effectively, led
by the World Health Organization
(<"http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html">WHO), the head of
which was in constant contact with him, as well as other senior UN officials.
A WHO emergency committee has been set up as the front line against the deadly
new swine influenza A (H1N1) which has broken out in Mexico, the United States,
Spain and Canada and is currently meeting to determine the pandemic alert level
that should be declared.
Announcing that the World Bank and other UN development and humanitarian
agencies will provide funding to countries needing additional resources to
combat an epidemic, Mr. Ban declared that the poorer nations must not be hit
disproportionately hard by a potential health crisis.
“So far, our response has been an example of multilateral cooperation at its
best. I am confident that it will continue to be so,” he said.
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