Potential for another influenza pandemic: how should we be prepared?

Potential for another influenza pandemic: how should we be prepared? Dr Helmut Walerius, Directorate General Health and Consumers, “Health Threats” Unit, European CommissionWhat are the chances of a new influenza pandemic ? WHO Guidance on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: · Influenza pandemics are unpredictable but recurring events that can cause severe social, economic, and political stress. Advanced planning and …

Presentation download: Technology transfer to developing country vaccine manufacturers

WHO led an initiative to increase vaccine supply. The 2006 consultation identify new approaches to immunize 6.7 billion people as quickly as possible. The target: 13.5 billion doses (assuming 2 doses per vaccine) and used within 6 months of the pandemic alert. The Global Pandemic Influenza Action Plan (GAP) promotes seasonal vaccine programs, expansion of manufacturing capability particularly in developing …