Thursday, October 20, 2005

Politics Trumps Health

As happens again and again when Taiwan is concerned, political considerations have trumped health concerns. Mad Minerva posts on the first case of bird flu in Taiwan (it was smuggled onto the island) and Canada's refusal to allow Taiwan to participate in an upcoming conference on coordinating the international response to the avian flu. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Hint: SARS outbreak. Taiwan. WHO. Ringing any bells?

Update:Mad Minerva praises Taiwan for mass-producing Tamiflu. Marginal Revolution has some thoughts on why stockpiles of Tamiflu, while beneficial, aren't the panacea many people think that it is.