Jakarta, (ANTARA News) – Indonesia hopes negotiations on material
transfer agreement for birdflu virus specimen could be finished in the
inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister
Siti Fadillah Supari said on Thursday.
After speaking about her book “Time for the World to Change” at
Paramadina University here, the minister said Indonesia hoped the
agreement could be made simple but able to accommodate the interests of
the developing countries.
“We wish our property right to the virus would receive recognition and
we had access to information on where the virus had been taken to and
how it had been handled,” she said.
She said the agreement must also cover deals on benefit sharing both
financially or otherwise that come from the result of researches on
specimen sent by affected countries.
“In the case of non-financial benefits such as technology transfer and
access distribution agreement has been reached but in terms of financial
benefits such as profit sharing negotiations are still continuing,” she
said, adding hopefully they could be settled in November.
Talks on mechanism of avian flu virus sharing was started early in 2007
after the Indonesian government protested the unfair mechanism of virus
sharing and exchange of the Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN).
Since then rounds of meeting had been held by members of the World
Health Organization affected by the H5N1 virus aimed at formulating the
framework of a fair, transparent and equal virus sharing mechanism.
The result of the meetings were then discussed in the 60th World Health
Assembly in May 2007 and agreed upon as a WHO Resolution 60.28 which
would be discussed in the Inter-Governmental Meeting and
Intergovernmental Working Group.
The WHO executive board met in January this year to discuss again the
framework for following up the resolution and produced decisions among
other things on the implementation of methods for tracking avian flu
virus that had been sent to the GISN under the sharing mechanism.
The sharing mechanism was discussed again at the 61st World Health
Assemby in Switzerland on May 19-24 this year. However no final decision
could be made in the meeting.(*)