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RESOLUTION 339 on MOUNTING AN INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE AGAINST AVIAN INFLUENZA

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* presented by the Economics and Security Committee

The Assembly,

1.  Recognizing that influenza poses a global threat with possible severe consequences for human health, the global economy and stability, partly, because little is known about human immunity in the face of a mutated H5N1 strain;


2.  Observing that mutations of the H5N1 virus may create the risk of human-to-human transmission;


3.  Noting the difficulties public health officials have encountered, in the past, in treating influenza pandemics;


4.  Considering the acute vulnerability of the developing countries to a potential influenza pandemic;


5.  Observing the challenges in developing a vaccine against the disease;


6.  Acknowledging the inadequacy of current measures, particularly in terms of international co ordination of the anti-pandemic effort and of its financing;


7.  Recognizing the need to correct any "market failure" that could prevent pharmaceutical companies from reacting with alacrity to a potential influenza pandemic;


8.  Commending recent US and EU efforts to forge an international response to a potential influenza pandemic;

9.  URGES member governments and parliaments of the North Atlantic Alliance to respond to the very real threat of an influenza pandemic by:


a. supporting international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in their efforts to co-ordinate the world's response to a potential influenza pandemic;


b. providing multiple financial resources to stimulate the speedy development of a vaccine once the influenza virus has mutated into a new strain with a pandemic potential, and a global vaccination drive;


c. developing national, international and multilateral public health, economic, trade, travel and military security plans based on influenza pandemic scenarios;


d. addressing the range of problems related to the inadequate capacity of developing countries to deal with a potential influenza pandemic;


e. creating incentives for pharmaceutical companies to increase the production of the antiviral agent - Oseltamivir - and a new vaccine, should one be developed.

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