US launches bird flu depot in Thailand
The US has launched
Asia's first avian influenza combat depot in Thailand.
Sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the purpose of
this depot is for speedy deployment to contain avian influenza outbreaks in
the Asian region.
â€œThe Regional Distribution Centre in Thailand, the first of three regional
supply centres that are being established worldwide, will help ensure that
countries in Asia will be able to take fast action to counter avian influenza
without endangering the lives of the rapid-response teams,â€ said Eric John, US
Ambassador to Thailand.
The centre, which is situated in a warehouse near Bangkok's International
Airport, is stocked with 45,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, 440
decontamination kits, 10 laboratory specimen kits and four training packs, all
of which are valued at US$548,300.
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