Sunday, October 02, 2005

Crazy talk about bird flu - Tamiflu and Relenza.

This note from 'The Age" news source in Austrailia highlights the cover-my-a$s type actions of those who should know better.

The Government decided to stockpile Tamiflu, rather than another available anti-viral drug, Relenza, based on medical advice. But some experts have questioned the advice. Professor Graeme Laver, whose research on the flu virus was instrumental in the discovery of anti-flu drugs, said the Government should have stockpiled half Tamiflu, half Relenza. "It would have been wise to buy half of each," he said. "Putting all your eggs in one basket is a bit silly." More -->

Actually filling the basket with eggs makes sense! The current vaccines don't work so even stockpiling Mars Bars will probably save more people.

Detection and response is where the money must be spent what use is buying a few extra days with temporary vaccine relief be when food, water and power have run out.