H1N1 virus still going strong, UN takes action

In the past two days, 1,350 more people were confirmed to have been infected

The United Nations and world officials are raising new red flags as the worldwide number of swine flu infections reaches almost 10,000. The warnings are made more severe since drug companies announced that the progress in making a vaccine is moving slowly; a vaccine was supposed to be available in May, but now will not be ready until mid-July. Regular flu vaccine offers no protection. Because trade and travel bans are considered frivolous, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is asking countries to avoid such bans, instead emphasizing cooperation by sharing drug and virus data to help create a vaccine quickly. Representatives from the UN and World Health Organization also met with drug companies to ensure that when a vaccine is created, it will be available to poor as well as rich countries.


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