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WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

first_img Sunshine Project report on WHO board resolutionhttp://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/papers/WHAvariola2007.pdf Members of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), reaffirmed a previous decision to destroy the remaining stockpiles, Reuters reported. In 2010 the WHO will conduct a review of all completed and proposed research to better enable members of the 2011 assembly to reach a consensus on when to destroy existing variola virus stocks, the Reuters report said. May 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world’s remaining stores of smallpox virus. Enacting a major review of the current smallpox research breaks new ground and suggests a willingness for nations to compromise, the Sunshine Project said in its report. Russia and the United States are the only countries known to hold stocks of the smallpox virus. Since the disease was eradicated in the late 1970s, the WHO has often delayed destroying the virus to permit research on smallpox vaccines and treatments, particularly in light of concerns about bioterrorist attacks.center_img See also: The developing countries oppose genetic engineering of the variola virus and want assurances that rules on smallpox DNA distribution are not relaxed, the group said. In a Jan 31 report on the WHO executive board’s draft resolution that was to be presented at the assembly, the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit organization that works to ban biological weapons, said that issues surrounding smallpox virus destruction are divisive. Developing countries have pushed for setting a destruction date, but the United States and Russia have resisted a deadline decision because they want to expand smallpox virus research into new areas, without sharing the results with other countries.last_img read more

Health care firm helps seniors

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Senior Professional Services BUSINESS ADDRESS: 14417 Chase St. Suite 268, Panorama City PHONE: (818) 897-2831 FAX: (818) 892-7190 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant OWNER: David Enzer ESTABLISHED: 1995 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We represent health care providers to retirement homes, convalescent hospitals and board and care facilities. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I have been doing health care public relations for more than 30 years. The facilities I mentioned above have no source of referrals for health care providers. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? From the administrators of various facilities, retirement homes, etc. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Public relations for a radiologist in Beverly Hills. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $1,000 from savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? The administrators from the facilities. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I know the marketplace, and I’m the only one representing a group of health care providers to the same market. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $60,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To expand to other counties. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more