Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reality wins

Yesterday, the WHO moved to increase the Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 5 (defined below).

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.

I'm glad they have finally chosen to acknowledge reality and follow their own guidance.  We will need the WHO to be a credible player if we are to have any hope of coordinating a global response to the pandemic.

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