December 2005
Ecologist;Dec2005/Jan2006, Vol. 35 Issue 10, p11
This article considers the real reasons behind the decision of the U.S. and the British governments to allot huge amounts of funding to fight bird flu. U.S. President George W. Bush has asked the U.S. Congress to provide US$7.1 billion in emergency funding against bird flu. Of this amount, $1 billion was allotted to buy stocks of the Tamiflu vaccine, patented by biotech firm called Gilead Sciences Inc. U.S. government official Donald Rumsfeld is believed to still own a stake in the company. Meanwhile, in Great Britain, a proposal to replace the entire world chicken population with a monoculture of genetically modified birds has been announced.


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