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According to this Observer article,

One leading British expert, Professor John Oxford, commenting on the new research, said the virus had broken down the ‘final door’ which prevented it being spread between people. ‘This is a very important step towards the conclusion that we all wanted to avoid,’ he said.

I have told you that this is going to be a big story. It could have absolutely devastating worldwide consequences, and millions could die. Despite this:

A flu drug, Tamiflu, works as a preventive measure, but the UK has not yet decide how much of this drug to stockpile.

I really think it’s time Mr Blair and co got their thinking caps on. Unless, of course, they want to see this kind of case study repeated across our country:

Her mother, who lived in Bangkok, went to visit when she heard her daughter was sick, and cared for her in hospital for two days before the child died. Three days later, she too began to experience fever and severe shortness of breath. Within a week she too was dead.

The time to act is now.

This 279th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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For the good of Labour, Brown should battle on (published 18th September 2008)

Google’s truth (published 18th June 2005)

Apostrophes’ Officer 2003 (published 17th October 2003)

Mail on Sunday vs Kaplinsky (published 5th February 2007)


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