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    Annan: World is not ready for pandemic

    Hürriyet Haber
    18.01.2006 - 10:57 | Son Güncelleme:

    Speaking at the international donors' meeting in Beijing on Wednesday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned that the world was not prepared against a bird flu pandemic and called for a "tremendous effort" in getting ready. "There's no time to waste. Let's ensure we're ready. We are not yet there," Annan said, adding that,"To be truly prepared we would need to mount a tremendous effort."

    Annan went on to talk about fears of a global pandemic: "The funding being sought would help save much greater costs if the bird flu crisis, which has already killed around 80 people since 2003, escalated into the much-feared global pandemic."

    "Our effort requires resources. The amount asked for is small compared to the costs," he said.
     
    Annan also drew attention to the need for governments and bureaucracies around the world to cut down on red tape and unite to share technical expertise. He further said he had called on parts of the UN system to have contingency plans in place in case of a pandemic, and advised all countries to do the same.

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