1. Sweden's swine flu response wins EU praise -- because Hey, if the most beautiful people in the world are willing to take the shot, what's your problem?
Two European-wide health bodies have praised Sweden’s response to the swine flu pandemic, particularly the country's mass vaccination programme. Nearly half of all Europeans to have been vaccinated are Swedes.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) praised Sweden’s campaign to combat the spread of the flu. “ECDC considers that Sweden is among the best in Europe when it comes to vaccinations,” a spokesperson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
Monika Benstetter, information officer at the European-wide public health body, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA), praised the Swedish Government’s openness about the influenza, and commended the Government for keeping the public informed about the side effects of the vaccine in a timely manner. “The vaccine was made quickly available and many have been willing to vaccinate themselves, which is different from many other European countries,” she told the paper.
Over 40 percent of Swedes – nearly four million people – have been vaccinated against swine flu, according to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet), and Sweden’s municipal councils and health authorities. This compares with the total number of EU residents vaccinated, around 10 million.
source: the local
2. health officials warn that H1N1 may recombine with deadly H5N1 bird flu -- Hey! This is the the "experts'" "greatest fear," which they have been working on making happen in tewtally secure laboratories since 2004, "in the name of preparedness," and now hey it must be time for the fears to be realized! Hoo! Finally.
The reappearance of bird flu has opened up the threat of the virus combining with the swine flu virus to become more lethal and capable of human transmission, a Vietnam health official warned at a meeting of the National Steering Board of Human Flu Prevention on December 2.
Health officials recommend washing hands with soap as an effective measure to protect against the A/H1N1 virus
Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, said the H1N1 virus that causes swine flu could combine with the H5N1 virus and become more deadly than the former and more capable of human-to-human transmission than the latter, especially in winter
He told delegates that two more people have died of swine flu, both from the Mekong delta province of An Giang -- a 33-year-old man from who died on November 20, and a 17-year-old girl who died on November 29.
On November 28 bird flu claimed its fifth victim, a 23-year-old man in the northern province of Dien Bien. Many others have been hospitalized around the country with suspected bird flu.
Officials from the Vietnam Drug Administration said at the meeting that three drug suppliers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Sanoffi Aventis, and Pasteur have registered to sell swine-flu vaccines.
So far the country has reported 10,944 swine-flu cases with 46 deaths and five deaths from bird flu.
3. Rudy Giuliani to be security consultant to Rio Olympics -- HEY! He did such a greeeaaaat job on 9/11 I mean this guy is a bona fide HERO you know what I'm saying? He is so tough...HOO hold on a sec I have to fan my face with both hands.... hoo boy!
The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro will hire former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a security adviser for the 2016 Olympic Games in this city, Governor Sergio Cabral has said.
'I'm going to hire him to strengthen our public security work ... He's going to help us in day-to-day security and, especially, with an eye toward the (2010) World Military Games [????] and the Olympic Games,' Cabral said after lunch Thursday with the former US politician.
Giuliani Thursday met different officials in Rio de Janeiro, where he defended the 'zero tolerance' policy that he implemented in the 1990s to combat crime in New York. In his meeting with Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Giuliani spoke about the possibility of implementing zero tolerance here in the state capital, where shootouts between police and drug dealers are common. Giuliani recalled that in New York he confronted a similar situation and it took six to seven years before results began to be noted. The former New York mayor praised the policy of invading poverty-stricken 'favelas', or shantytowns, dominated by drug trafficking gangs with police 'pacification' brigades, operations which have produced violent armed clashes.
'You are doing a fabulous job,' he said during a speech to police officers.