Research Work On Deadly Flu Would Be Published; Debate Ends?
In a recently conducted meeting, it has been concluded that the complete details of the research work done surrounding the deadly H5N1 virus would be made public now. It was being feared by the United States that full revelation of the research work could instigate malicious moves from terrorists, while the panel comprising of 22 experts said that there is need for the research work to be published so that steps in the direction of public health could be taken.
It took almost two months for the war between the medical fraternity and the US expertsto reach at the conclusion. Despite numerous assertions, the panel claimed that there should not be any halt in the publication of the controversial research work. The meeting was done at the World Health Organization headquarters on Thursday and Friday.
“The group consensus was that it was much more important to get this information to scientists in an easy way to allow them to work on the problem for the good of public health”, said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who represented the United States at the meeting.
Despite the majority siding with the researchers, there could not be complete consensus gained on the issue as United States refused to change the stance. Dr. Fauci himself admitted that the research work must be published only in a redacted form keeping the security reasons in mind.
The comprehensive research work was done by two separate research teams, at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the research could not take final steps as the issue disrupted the flow.
While it would take some two months more to reveal what has been done by researchers, the deadly viruses would be kept in well-run high-security labs.
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