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UN says: Swine flu 'could kill millions unless rich nations give 900m'
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Posted on 09/19/2009 7:15:13 PM PDT by cycle of discernment

Swine flu 'could kill millions unless rich nations give £900m' UN report says pandemic may result in anarchy unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines

Sunday 20 September 2009

The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy in the world's poorest nations unless £900m can be raised from rich countries to pay for vaccines and antiviral medicines, says a UN report leaked to the Observer.

The disclosure will provoke concerns that health officials will not be able to stem the growth of the worldwide H1N1 pandemic in developing countries.

If the virus takes hold in the poorest nations, millions could die and the economies of fragile countries could be destroyed.

Health ministers around the globe were sent the warning on Thursday in a report on the costs of averting a humanitarian disaster in the next few months.

It comes as officials inside the World Health Organisation, the UN's public health body, said they feared they would not be able to raise half that amount because of the global downturn.

Gregory Hartl of WHO said the report required an urgent response from rich nations. "There needs to be recognition that the whole world is affected by this pandemic and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We have seen how H1N1 has taken hold in richer nations and in the southern hemisphere.

We have been given fair warning and must act soon," he said. The report was drawn up by UN officials over the last two months.

It was commissioned in July after Ban ki-moon, the UN's secretary general, expressed concern that the H1NI virus could have a severe impact on the world's poorest countries. It paints a disastrous picture for the world's most vulnerable people unless there is immediate action.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duplicate; flu; h1n1; influenza; millions; nations; rich; sourcetitlenoturl; swineflu; un

1 posted on 09/19/2009 7:15:14 PM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: cycle of discernment

Tell ya what, UN. You’ve got a nice little facility on Manhattan Island. How about y’all leave New York, sell it, and keep the proceeds. . . .


2 posted on 09/19/2009 7:17:40 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: cycle of discernment

That would appear to solve the Over Population problem.

Let’s move on to something else now.


3 posted on 09/19/2009 7:17:46 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (ImpeachZero)
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To: cycle of discernment

How would anarchy in the world’s poorest countrys be different from their current situation?


4 posted on 09/19/2009 7:18:13 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: cycle of discernment

Why don’t the U.N. come off of this money? Why does it ALWAYS have to be someone else. Those bass turds at the U.N. made a killing from their food for oil program. They need to cough up some of it.


5 posted on 09/19/2009 7:18:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans! "Behaving badly" since April 19, 1775!)
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To: cycle of discernment

If I throw money at it, it mutates into a less lethal strain. Friggin geniuses.


6 posted on 09/19/2009 7:18:44 PM PDT by allmost
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To: cycle of discernment
They could have also said “ malaria will kill 200 million Africans (mostly children ) unless the rich nations give $ 37,249.98 for DDT production.”
7 posted on 09/19/2009 7:19:49 PM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: TC Rider

My thoughts exactly...


8 posted on 09/19/2009 7:21:44 PM PDT by green pastures
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