Vaccines: The Week in Review1 March 2010Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy
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- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Vaccine Education Center
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The WHO Director-General issued a statement on 24 February 2010following the seventh meeting of the Emergency Committee on 23February 2010 in which the Committee's views on the determinationof the pandemic status were assessed
:“A detailed update was provided to the Committee on the global pandemicsituation. After asking additional questions and reviewing the evidence andholding extensive discussion, the Committee was of the view that there wasmixed evidence showing declining or low pandemic activity in manycountries, but new community level transmission activity in West Africa.Moreover, they expressed concern that the winter months of the SouthernHemisphere had not yet started and there was uncertainty whether additionalgeneralized waves of activity might occur and the need to not underminepreparations.“The Committee advised that it was premature to conclude that all parts of the world have experienced peak transmission of the H1N1 pandemicinfluenza and that additional time and information was needed to provideexpert advice on the status of the pandemic. The Committee accordinglysuggested that the Committee be re-convened in a few weeks to reviewintervening developments and related epidemiological information.“Having considered these views, the current epidemiological evidence andother relevant information, the Director-General determined that there hadbeen no change in the pandemic phase, and decided to continue to monitorthe situation and developments closely and to convene the Committee againwithin the next several weeks.