Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples

first_imgSep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.last_img read more

England rugby players ‘should behave like footballers’, says RFU chief exec

first_img“They all wanted to win and were planning to do their best, which they did, but there was something nice about the attitude of the players.“One key thing I liked about it was that many of the players were good role models for the sport.“If you were a young kid watching it, you would be impressed by it.“That is great for football and that is what we need to do and I think we do already.” 5 5 Southgate has been hailed around the world for bringing a positive atmosphere to the dressing room as he led England to a first football World Cup semi-final since 1990.Conversely, the rugby team have lost five of their last six tests and Jones could face the sack if results do not improve in the upcoming autumn internationals.Brown said: “I was impressed by the whole situation. Southgate did a brilliant job and England were fantastic, representing our nation brilliantly.“What impressed me most was the attitude and culture of the squad. “There was a humility and modesty about the footballers. highlights Boxing Belter Rocky vs Drago: Relive a classic as Balboa exacts revenge on Apollo’s killer Rugby players should look to footballers for advice on how to be role models, according to the RFU’s chief executive.Steve Brown praised the job done by England football team boss Gareth Southgate at the World Cup in Russia and called on his counterpart Eddie Jones to institute a similar culture. live cricket The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 The football team’s cohesion was crucial to their progress at the World Cup Brown has been RFU CEO since September 2017 5 England’s recent performances at Rugby World Cups are a concern after reaching back-to-back finals in 2003 and 2007.A disappointing quarter-final defeat to France in 2011 was followed by a complete capitulation on home soil four years later, losing to Wales and Australia at Twickenham as they became the first hosts to be knocked out in the group stages.Jones, enduring a rocky 2018 after winning 24 of his first 25 matches in charge, will speak with Southgate ahead of the autumn fixtures.The Australian coach faces South Africa, two former sides Japan and Australia and a huge test against world champions New Zealand. PLAN 5 PLANS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more center_img Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ England’s 2015 World Cup disaster spelled the end for Jones’ predecessor, Stuart Lancaster There were calls for Southgate to be knighted after taking England to the final four in Russia LATEST SPORTS NEWS Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 Jones is under pressure after losing five of his last six matches, including three defeats in the 2018 Six Nations KO KINGS AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed Watch the top seven KOs of the year, including Wilder and Chisora ANOTHER ONE MONEY CELEBRATION Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 5 BRUTALITY Brown continued: “Southgate did a brilliant job and England were fantastic – representing our nation brilliantly.“They deserve all the compliments they’ve had.“If there are lessons to be learned and discussions to be had, I’m sure Eddie will have those. He knows Southgate pretty well.”“I’d like to inspire the nation as much as the football guys did as we head into the 2019 World Cup.”last_img read more