Monday, August 29, 2005
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Britain's elite get pills to survive bird flu
Sarah-Kate Templeton and Jonathan Calvert
Members of Britain’s elite have been selected as priority cases to receive scarce pills and vaccinations at the taxpayers’ expense if the country is hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak.
Workers at the BBC and prominent politicians — such as cabinet ministers — would be offered protection from the virus.
Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, has already spent £1m to make sure his personal office and employees have their own emergency supplies of 100,000 antiviral tablets.
If there is an avian flu pandemic in the coming months there would be enough drugs to protect less than 2% of the British population for a week.
Although senior government ministers would be among the high-priority cases, the department said this weekend that it had not decided whether to include opposition politicians.
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