posted by admin on 06/06/06
Monday, June 5
Japan said it will nominate WHO Western Pacific chief Shigeru Omi to succeed the late Lee Jong Wook as head of the U.N. health agency, the AFP news agency reported. 2:05 p.m.:
Wall Street Journal Video: Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns discuss the latest news regarding a person-to-person transmission of the avian flu and what it means. 11:40 a.m.
: Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals said its new hand sanitizer was 98% effective in deactivating or killing the bird-flu virus on skin for up to four hours during a recent test at a subsidiary of London's Queen Mary School of Medicine. The Las Vegas company developed the hand sanitizer primarily for health-care professionals. The active ingredient is Chlorhexidine. 9:05 a.m.
: Less than one-sixth of the $1.9 billion pledged in January by donor countries to prepare developing nations for a flu pandemic has been dispersed, despite calls for a rapid escalation of efforts, the Financial Times reported Monday, citing the World Bank. The news of scant fund distribution comes as U.N. bird-flu chief David Nabarro is set to call for additional bird-flu funding, according to the report.