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Originally posted by ZMax
When there is an Avian Flu that pass from human to human,I will be the first person to support every government on this Planet to brake the patent in order to save lives...But right now,braking the patent of a drug that is not a vacine,but a regular treatment drug,witch only improves the chances of survival to 50%,for desease that has struck 120 people so far in 4 years(only 4 in Taiwan as long as I remember) is in my eyes just a robbery in the middle of the day...
Let us see if Taiwan will just make a generic version of the drug,and will produce it only if there is pandemic,or will sell it to others too...
[edit on 22-10-2005 by ZMax]
Originally posted by Mayet
Zmax.. firstly Human to human transmission has already occured in isolated blocks this year.
secondly in a perfect world it would happen like you said but this is not a perfect world. By the time a pandemic is announced, it will be too late. The pandemic is projected to sweep the world in a matter of weeks. From Index case to millions of deaths may only be a matter of a week or two.
As you can see by the article above it takes two months to produce 200000 doses.
So only a few will receive medication in the scenario your projecting. That is why steps HAVE to be taken now by the Taiwanese if they wish to protect there citizens in the event of a pandemic.
Some times positive action must be taken early and foresight is a handy asset to have.
[edit on 22-10-2005 by Mayet]