America expressed willingness to collaborate with ASEAN in handling outspread of the Swine Flu.
The act was deemed necessary after the Swine Flu virus infected many countries i.e. Mexico, the USA, Asia Pacific, and other states causing 110 deaths.
The USA, standing at the forefront and having most effective defense mechanism was willing to share with ASEAN and East Asia expertise and experience in troubleshooting this menace to mankind all over the world.
This was disclosed by Sudin Pitsawan, Secretary of ASEAN after having a video conference with US Secretary Department of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius this week end. Sudin’s statement was disclosed to Business News through ASEAN Secretariat by E-Mail on May 4, 2009. The video conference with Siberiu was expected to update the information of current situation on Swine Flu for effective response.The meeting which included health ministers of ASEAN+3 : China, Japan, South Korea, would take place on May 8, 2009 in Bangkok. Swine Flu already had its economic impact of several delay of cancellation of flights. The Flu also had reduced the number of traveling tourists especially in infected regions. Preventions in airports as gateways were most costly.