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Cablegate: Avian Influenza - Ministry of Health Prohibits Sample

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RR RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #3452 3550951
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 210951Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7489
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
INFO RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI//J07/CATMED/CAT//
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 8267
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 1809
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1069
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 7707

UNCLAS JAKARTA 003452

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS, G/AIAG AND OES
USAID FOR ANE/CLEMENTS AND GH/CARROLL
DEPT ALSO PASS TO HHS/WSTEIGER/ABHAT/MSTLOUIS AND HHS/NIH
GENEVA FOR WHO/HOHMAN
USDA/FAS/OSTA BRANT, ROSENBLUM
USDA/APHIS ANNELLI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO AMED CASC EAGR AMGT PGOV ID
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA - MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROHIBITS SAMPLE
SHARING WITHOUT MATERIALS TRANSFER AGREEMENT


1. (SBU) Indonesian Minister of Health Siti Fadilah Supari has
reportedly issued instructions regulating the shipment of any
biological samples outside of the country or the sharing of samples
with foreign institutions without governmental permission and a
signed Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) between the parties
involved. According to Ministry of Health (MOH) officials, Supari
convened a meeting December 17 with the deans of medical schools,
directors of major hospitals and senior members of the Ministries of
Health and Research and Technology to inform them of the new
requirement. Each governmental department is reportedly responsible
for developing and negotiating their own MTAs with foreign partners.


2. (SBU) This decision will make it harder to share H5N1-infected
human samples. The impact may be less on suspected H5N1-infected
agricultural samples, for which signed MTAs currently exist. But
even for agricultural samples, obtaining export permission can be
problematic. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
(FAO), for example, has a large collection of samples with signed
MTAs. It is waiting for an export permit from the Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA) to send the samples to reference laboratories.
FAO has reported delays in getting export permission since its last
shipment in June 2007. In a December 18 meeting with FAO and USAID,
the MOA Director General of Livestock Services Dr. Tjeppy promised
to meet with the agricultural minister to get permission to export
the samples.

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