World Bank funds bird flu fight in Indonesia
The World Bank is preparing a $15 million
grant for Indonesia as part of a broad donor effort fight avian flu more
effectively in the country.
Indonesia has the highest death toll from avian
, and officials have recently commented that the country's
inadequate vaccination programme and poor biosecurity measures mean that the
virus is likely to continue spreading there.
The funding from the World Bank
came as the United Nations Avian Flu Coordinator,
David Nabarro, called for sustained political commitment by world leaders to
fighting bird flu, saying â€œthere will be another influenza pandemic one day, but
we don't know when.â€
Speaking at a media conference on the sidelines of the annual meetings of
the Bank and the International
, Jim Adams, the head of the Bank's avian flu taskforce said a
severe pandemic could the global economy over $1 trillion and perhaps as high as
$2 trillion in the worst case scenario.
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