There won’t be much to do to fight H5N1 avian influenza if the vaccines and drugs against bird flu come too late and the virus spreads to people.

Meetings are being held, international visits being made in effort to battle avian influenza but it seems that little real progress has been made in stopping the spread of H5N1 bird flu.

WHO reports that many countries may be still opposing to sharing information and asking for help if the pandemic begins within their borders. It seems as if the cooperation between the nations had worsened since the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The reports say that there won’t be enough drugs and supplies or medical equipment to slow the spread if the pandemic hits in following coming year. Even in advanced nations like the United States, little has been done to help provide even basic care for pandemic flu patients.

Experts say that the H5N1 bird flu virus is mutating steadily and fear it will eventually acquire the changes it needs to spread easily from person to person. If this happens, the virus could sweep around the world in months and could kill millions of people.

And even if the drugs and vaccines were ready, it would take immediate detection of a mutated virus in a group of people and immediate action to contain it. This would mean having experts waiting in the most remote parts of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, South Korea, and Indonesia to immediately react and start treating people who had been contaminated.

If this is not doable in the speed of light there won’t be much to do in stopping the spread of the virus.