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September 15, 2005

US - Vietnam partnership

Under the accord, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will give Vietnam's National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology 500,000 dollars.

"This network focuses on systematic collection of information about influenza, information about what viruses are causing it,

how they are being spread and how fast," US ambassador Michael Marine said Thursday.

The initiative was announced hours after a call by President George W. Bush for "new international partnership" aimed at preventing avian influenza and other new strains of flu from becoming a pandemic.

"This project is anticipated to total 2.5 million dollars over the next five years, subject to funding availability," Marine said, adding the plan had been prepared independently of Bush's call.

Here is the full story. On the same topic, here is an article on how the World Health Organization reacted to George Bush's speech.

Posted by dymaxion at September 15, 2005 04:28 PM

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