Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Litany of Ex-Ministers Tied to Graft-Tainted Bird Flu Vaccine Plant

hat-tip Crofsblog
July 24, 2012
A graft-ridden project to build an avian influenza vaccine plant implicated three health ministers and one finance minister before former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin got involved, an audit has revealed.

According to the report from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), the project that began in 2008 and was halted in 2011 was conceived after state pharmaceutical company Bio Farma expressed interest in producing a bird flu vaccine.

In 2006, Bio Farma sent proposals to the World Health Organization and Japanese Embassy for funding.

The Japanese Embassy, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, rejected the proposal.

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