WHO concerned that new H5N1 influenza research could undermine the 2011 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework

30 December 2011 — WHO takes note that studies undertaken by several institutions on whether changes in the H5N1 influenza virus can make it more transmissible between humans have raised concern about the possible risks and misuses associated with this research. WHO is also deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences. However, WHO also notes that studies conducted under appropriate conditions must continue to take place so that critical scientific knowledge needed to reduce the risks posed by the H5N1 virus continues to increase.

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WHO concerned that new H5N1 influenza research could undermine the 2011 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework

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