Fear of pandemic influenza among the poorest societies has doubled after the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan has today issued a warning that the world has inadequate capacity for producing influenza vaccines.
Referring to the 6.8 billion people’s susceptibility to the Swine Flu infection, the WHO chief reminds that the most of the available vaccines would go to the wealthy countries.
Addressing a Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Chan urged academics and research sectors to innovatively work on the issue.
The WHO’s warning on the pandemic effects of the Swine Flu shows the seriousness of the disease. It especially must concern the developing countries where widespread poverty, malnutrition and statelessness prevail.
As the WHO Director-General herself has reminded the world that the available stocks of the influenza vaccines would go to the wealthy nations, huge losses are more likely should the pandemic disease spread in such countries.
However, it is advisable that nations also seek alternative medicine to cope with the crisis.