JAKARTA - Indonesia has confirmed it will not cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sharing live samples of the bird flu virus until it has guarantees that they will get access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. The WHO has accused Indonesia of putting the world at risk by failing to share the live samples. Indonesia currently has the highest number of deaths related to the disease in the world.
Lily Sulistyowati, a spokeswoman from the Indonesian Health Ministry, said that her country was waiting for a new mechanism to govern the sharing of live samples. She told that there must be a transparent system which allowed developing countries to have access to affordable new medications developed as a results from sharing the bird flu samples.