EU FAILS TO ACT ON CONTROLLING SPREAD OF SWINE FLU IN EUROPE

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) has drawn back from a robust collective response to the swine flu crisis, despite the disease spreading around Europe. Meeting on Thursday, the EU Council of Ministers for health rejected a French proposal for an EU-wide travel ban to Mexico, the source of the outbreak. The meeting also threw out an Italian proposal that each member state establish a 'drug bank' of flu remedies and vaccines, with ministers instead voting for EU governments to decide their own response to this international health emergency. EU ...


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