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November 14, 2005

APEC expected to make pandemic a priority

Via canada.com: APEC leaders will cooperate on fighting bird flu.

Fears that recent bird flu outbreaks in Asia and Europe could trigger a global human pandemic have pushed the issue of health security high onto the agenda of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, whose leaders will hold their annual summit later this week.

A statement expected to be adopted by foreign ministers on Wednesday notes "the threat that the highly pathogenic avian influenza posed to the APEC region as well as to the world," according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

Posted by dymaxion at November 14, 2005 01:18 PM

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