n Without Prejudice - Swine 'flu and compulsory patent licences : intellectual property

Volume 9, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



On June 11 this year, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan announced WHO's decision to raise the level of the Swine Flu pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6, effectively announcing the start of a Swine 'Flu global pandemic. The last time an influenza pandemic was declared was in 1968, with the Hong Kong Flu - it is estimated that the Hong Kong Flu pandemic left about one million people dead worldwide. When WHO made its announcement, the Swine 'Flu death toll worldwide was standing at 144, with 30,000 confirmed cases having been reported in 74 countries.

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