Swine flu ‘could kill millions unless rich nations give £900m’

UN report says pandemic may result in anarchy unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines

The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy in the world’s poorest nations unless £900m can be raised from rich countries to pay for vaccines and antiviral medicines, says a UN report leaked to the Observer.

The disclosure will provoke concerns that health officials will not be able to stem the growth of the worldwide H1N1 pandemic in developing countries. If the virus takes hold in the poorest nations, millions could die and the economies of fragile countries could be destroyed.

Health ministers around the globe were sent the warning on Thursday in a report on the costs of averting a humanitarian disaster in the next few months. It comes as officials inside the World Health Organisation, the UN’s public health body, said they feared they would not be able to raise half that amount because of the global downturn.

Gregory Hartl of WHO said the report required an urgent response from rich nations. “There needs to be recognition that the whole world is affected by this pandemic and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We have seen how H1N1 has taken hold in richer nations and in the southern hemisphere. We have been given fair warning and must act soon,” he said.

The report was drawn up by UN officials over the last two months. It was commissioned in July after Ban ki-moon, the UN’s secretary general, expressed concern that the H1NI virus could have a severe impact on the world’s poorest countries.

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Now reading shit like this has a tendency to leave me speechless.

So, do YOU feel “rich”?  You don’t want these people to die now, do you? We all must throw money at this problem or MILLIONS WILL DIE!!! We MUST bail them out!

First of all, the H1N1 variety is no more or less dangerous than the seasonal flu we all face every year. Hyping the “dangers” of this strain of flu serves one very important purpose though: it places even more power and money into their hands, at our expense.

Second of all, anarchy does not sound like such a bad idea to me. We already have anarchy, but it is being done by our (s)elected “leaders”. They do as they damn well please, for their own benefit, and have done so for decades.

Wiki has a primer on anarchy and its various forms.  Reading about it bores me to tears, so I just call myself a “Leave Me The Fuck Alone Small “l” libertarian Anarchist”. Under my system, people will be left alone so long as no real harm is done. By “real harm”, I mean someone got hurt or real property was stolen or destroyed. Those that want to be authoritarian will face the hangmans noose made out of hemp (of course!), but only because they aren’t worth a bullet.

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