March 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM ET
An American expert tasked with reviewing the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak says a more efficient way of sourcing vaccines is needed to prepare for future pandemics.
Dr. Harvey Fineberg says rich nations were able to get vaccine for themselves easily but WHO's efforts to obtain millions of shots for poor countries were "very problematic."
The president of the Institute of Medicine in Washington says the slow and difficult procedure "remains a very serious impediment to the world's ability to deal with a future pandemic."
Fineberg told reporters in Geneva on Monday that his independent expert committee found no proof of misconduct in the way WHO reacted to the 2009 outbreak of A(H1N1) flu.