May 15, 2007 / 9:11 AM / 12 years ago

Indonesia resumes sharing of H5N1 virus with WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Indonesia has resumed sharing samples of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus with the World Health Organization (WHO) after a five-month gap, its health minister said on Tuesday.

“I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating centre in Tokyo,” Siti Fadillah Supari told the WHO’s annual assembly in Geneva.

Indonesia, which has the world’s highest human death toll from bird flu, stopped sharing virus with the WHO last December because it said it feared that it would not benefit from any vaccines made from it.

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