WHO looks at how better to respond to a pandemic
This article was originally published in Scrip
The World Health Organization is to hold a workshop in October to discuss the lessons learned from the handling of the flu pandemic and how to respond more effectively to such events in future. Topics will include the need for better co-ordination among countries, the purchasing and use of vaccines and antivirals, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry.
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