Thanks again to Declan for the original tip on this one:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has just put out a news release about a conference it will hold in San Francisco July 28-29. Sponsored by the US, the conference will look at ways to build and organize resources against an avian-influenza pandemic. From the release:
The symposium will explore how avian influenza (AI) can affect agriculture, human health, finance and trade in the APEC region, and provide an opportunity for Member Economy representatives to discuss domestic policies that might ease those effects.
Participants will also identify resources needed to address AI; learn about the work of international standard-setting bodies and international organizations; and discuss barriers to controlling animal and human disease.
They will review international recommendations on AI and pandemic influenza preparedness to identify what would work in the APEC economies and analyze their capacity to implement those recommendations.
Very worthwhile, but I'm surprised at the short notice. If readers in the Bay Area are following the conference (or attending it!), I'd be grateful for news about what the conference discusses and decides.