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Report Reveals U.S. Export Rules Bar Shipping Vaccines To Five Nations

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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U.S. export regulations have been revealed to bar vaccines from being sent from the United States to five countries on grounds they export terrorism. Indonesia's health minister said the revelation supports his country's past reluctance to share its avian flu strains with U.S. researchers out of a fear they would not be accessible in developing countries. Under the regulation, vaccines of any type could be denied North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan on grounds the countries could use them in bioweapons. U.S. health experts questioned about the regulation said they were not aware of the restriction, but said it made no sense because the rule would make it harder to contain an outbreak. (Click here for more
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