Indonesia denies seeking payment for virus samples

first_img A press release from the US Embassy said Supari’s claims “are preposterous and a grave injustice to the people of the United States,” the Post reported. Earlier this month, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt met with Indonesian officials, including Supari, during a tour of three Southeast Asian countries. In blog posts on his talks in Indonesia, Leavitt wrote that there were no breakthroughs in the vaccine-sharing stalemate, but that representatives from the United States and Indonesia would keep negotiating over the next 60 days. Leavitt wrote that Indonesia’s concern about equitable access to pandemic vaccines was legitimate but that he had the impression Indonesia wanted payment for its shared virus samples. “What she says she wants is for the contributing countries to be eligible for some share of the value commercial companies create out of the influenza samples they provide,” he wrote on his blog. He also warned that the virus-sharing controversy may never be resolved. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wrote a foreword to the book but later ordered Supari to recall copies of it, according to previous media reports. However, he has said he supports Supari’s calls for equitable international virus-sharing policies. Indonesia announced in early 2007 it had stopped sharing H5N1 virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO). The country based its action on what it saw as a lack of access to pandemic vaccines that are produced by pharmaceutical companies in developed nations from the shared samples. Apr 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian health official, responding to recent comments by the US health secretary, today denied that Indonesia wants financial compensation if it resumes sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples. Apr 17 CIDRAP News story “HHS secretary blogs on impasse with Indonesia” He also suggested that the mechanism could be a multilateral trust, financially supported by governments, vaccine producers, and individual benefactors, to ensure that vaccine production and distribution are equitable, according to the AP report. However, Lukito told the AP that the talks between Leavitt and Supari may have been hampered by poor communication on both sides.center_img Widjaja Lukito, an adviser to Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, said the country wants governments and pharmaceutical companies to develop a mechanism to ensure that developing countries have access to affordable pandemic influenza vaccines, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. A WHO working group dedicated to solving the virus-sharing issue has met several times since the dispute arose, but has made little progress. The issue will likely surface in May at the WHO’s World Health Assembly, and the working group’s next formal meeting is scheduled for November, according to previous reports. In February, Supari published a 182-page book, Time for the World to Change: God is Behind the Avian Influenza Virus, that included the claims about the United States, as well as allegations that the WHO was conspiring to profit from H5N1 vaccines. In other developments, the US Embassy in Jakarta yesterday denied recent allegations in a book by Supari that the United States intends to make biological weapons out of avian influenza viruses, the Jakarta Post reported today. The embassy statement also said the United States is committed to working with other countries and international groups to halt the spread of avian flu, prevent a pandemic, and plan for pandemic-related health emergencies, according to the Post. “There are many types of benefit programs that can be discussed. One could be a kind of revolving fund developed by pharmaceutical companies,” Lukito told the AP. See also:last_img read more

Mackay sorry for ‘text banter’

first_img The League Managers’ Association issued a statement on Mackay’s behalf which read: “If Malky has caused any offence by these two isolated matters he would wish to sincerely apologise.” The LMA claims the club searched more than 10,000 private text messages and found two from Mackay that were “with the benefit of hindsight, very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures”. The statement added: “These were…sent in private at a time Malky felt under great pressure and when he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter. “The LMA does not condone in any way any potential breach of equal opportunities laws but would also point out that out of over 10,000 text messages and 70,000 documents produced over a long period of time it may not be a complete surprise that some inappropriate comments can sometimes be made by employees, like Malky, working under great pressure in highly charged situations.” However, Mackay was said to be “very concerned about seriously inaccurate and misleading reports” in the media. The statement continued: “It has never been alleged that he wrote any homophobic or sexist messages and he has confirmed he did not do so. “Further, there are incorrect and damaging suggestions that he sent a whole host of offensive and unpleasant messages that are simply not true and which give a grossly distorted and unfair view of Malky’s involvement in this matter. ”Malky finds it strange that these matters were only raised with the FA and in the media now, eight months after his employment ended and the day before he was reported as being offered the opportunity to become manager of Crystal Palace FC. The former Cardiff boss and Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when the latter was head of recruitment at the club. The pair were sacked by the club last season and the Welsh club have sent a dossier to the Football Association alleging misconduct. Malky Mackay has apologised for sending text messages he admits were “disrespectful of other cultures” – but claims they were “part of friendly text banter”. ”Malky cannot of course comment on the nature of any conduct or communications alleged to have been made by others. ”Malky has said that he will be fully co-operating with any FA investigation and that he looks forward to putting the record straight thereafter.” Press Association Sport understands Cardiff’s sending of the dossier to the FA was not deliberately timed to have any effect on Mackay’s candidacy for the Crystal Palace job. Meanwhile, Moody resigned as sporting director of Crystal Palace on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Charlton Athletic sign Everton’s Conor McAleny on loan

first_img He scored his first senior goal last season in the Sky Bet Championship during his stint with the Bluebirds. The 23-year-old, who will remain with the Addicks until November 7, could make his debut for Guy Luzon’s team on Tuesday night when Huddersfield visit The Valley. McAleny has previously enjoyed loan spells with Scunthorpe, Brentford and Cardiff. Press Associationcenter_img Charlton have signed Everton forward Conor McAleny on a two-month loan deal. last_img read more