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    International donors' meet in Beijing

    Hürriyet Haber
    17.01.2006 - 13:27 | Son Güncelleme:

    Officials from the international health community are meeting at a two-day international donors' rally in Beijing today, with the aim of raising $1.5 billion to help in the fight against bird flu. The gathered represent almost half the world's nations and plan to come up with the money to finance a three-year action plan, which was laid out in Geneva, in November, at the first donors' conference.

    The disease has now spread to Turkey after killing nearly 80 people mostly in East Asia since 2003."We live on the same planet and our destinies are interconnected," China's vice foreign minister Qiao Zonghuai said in his address to launch the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Influenza.

    "In the fight against avian influenza, no country can stay safe by looking the other way."Margaret Chan, the WHO's special representative on pandemic influenza, gave a stark picture of the uncertainty facing the world over the H5N1 strain of the virus: "The risk of a pandemic is great. The timing is unpredictable and the severity is uncertain," Chan told the conference.
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