European influenza pandemic simulation planned

European Union readiness to cope with an influenza pandemic will be tested by a Europe-wide simulation exercise, according to Markos Kyprianou, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, in a speech at the Informal EU Health Ministerial Meeting on Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Influenza.

A Community plan, adopted in March 2004, includes coordination of communications and counter-measures such as isolation and vaccination, use of drugs, restrictions on public gatherings, and information to the public.

The exercise wil “mirror a real pandemic” and will be conducted before the next influenza season.

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