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Debates
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Global threat of a flu epidemic
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  Attard-Montalto (PSE). Madam President, we have all been talking about ‘when’ and ‘if’. I am going to use a different word. Pandemics are not the exception, they have become almost the rule. But they do not obey any rules in themselves. They are difficult to identify before they break out and we are therefore up against an unseen problem. You have called it a problem, Commissioner, but it is more than that.

We have to use all our resources. We have to use our resources for production and our resources for research, and I would appreciate if the Commissioner could perhaps tell us more about this particular issue. The international scientific community has a role to play; and it is important to have reliable networking so that all the stakeholders can cooperate when the pandemic breaks out, because, as everybody knows, although we may try and have military exercises as an example of what may happen, it is extremely difficult to anticipate when it will break out.

 
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