Editor’s note: Contrary to this story, information obtained Mar 23 from the World Health Organization and from another news report indicated that Thailand had no plans to withhold H5N1 virus samples. See link at end of story for more information.Mar 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Thailand today announced that it was joining Indonesia’s boycott on sharing its H5N1 avian flu virus samples with vaccine developers and the international health community.Mongkol Na Songkha, Thailand’s public health minister, told reporters in Bangkok today that the country has received no special benefits from sharing samples it has collected from avian flu patients, Bloomberg News reported.”Drugmakers rarely help us. They only gave us a small amount of vaccine, just like a donation,” Songkha told Bloomberg News.The country has reported no human avian flu cases in 2007. The last Thai case was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sep 27, 2006. Thailand has had 25 H5N1 cases and 17 deaths since 2003, ranking it the fourth hardest hit country.Indonesia stopped sharing its H5N1 samples with the WHO at the end of 2006, and in February announced that it was withholding them because the strains were being used to develop vaccines that the country couldn’t afford.Researchers need current H5N1 samples to trace changes in the virus, map its spread, and develop vaccines in preparation for the threat of a human flu pandemic.Indonesia has demanded a “legally binding” guarantee from the WHO and pharmaceutical companies that its citizens would have access to vaccines produced from Indonesian H5N1 sample strains. The country is hosting a meeting with the WHO and other Asian nations in Jakarta on Mar 26 and 27 to discuss vaccine access issues.An Indonesian official told Bloomberg News that he was pleased Thailand decided to withhold its H5N1 strains. “We hope a joint agreement on vaccine distribution could be achieved,” Bayu Krisnamurthi, chief of Indonesia’s committee on avian and pandemic flu, told Bloomberg.Thailand’s decision to withhold H5N1 virus samples signals a new round of friction between the country and pharmaceutical companies over access to medications. In January the country issued a “compulsory license” that allowed it to make or buy generic versions of an Abbott Laboratory HIV/AIDS drug, Reuters reported.In return, Abbott announced on Mar 14 that it would stop launching new medications in Thailand, Reuters reported, adding that Doctors Without Borders and other health groups accused Abbott of depriving Thailand’s poor of lifesaving medicines.See also:Mar 23 CIDRAP News story “Thailand to continue sharing H5N1 samples”
Mansion living. Price: More than $30 millionChateau de Rêves (translation — castle of dreams) is as flash as they come. This sprawling Gold Coast mansion is tipped to smash the region’s house price record of $27 million if all goes to plan.The palatial 3070sq m pile was built in 2001 and took three years to build, but that’s because it has every bell and whistle know to real estate. There is a 85m water frontage with private pontoon and, seven ensuite bedrooms, a Turkish steam room, massage room, two kitchens, staff quarters, a full service bar, tennis court and a list of luxury finishes longer than the 9m shoe wardrobe. 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island Wow! Price: $9.999 millionA super yacht needs a super parking space and this ridiculously luxury house has just that — the only one of its kind in Australia. Villa Blue Waters is on 1950sq m of land in a gated community 15 minutes north of Surfers Paradise. As is the “norm” in the neighbourhood, the home has the standard Swarovski crystal chandeliers and Versace detailing plus an eight-space marble garage show room. Other “added extras” include the Turkish plunge spa and designer dressing room, day spa, make up room, hydrotherapy steam room, six-person elevator and Teppanyaki cabana beside the 12m pool. 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento Sovereign Islands living. Price: $13.5 millionGrande Vista is a whole lot of house on a grand 2103sq m block. As the name suggests, there is a pretty grand view of Stradbroke Island and the city sky line of Surfers Paradise from the selection of terraces. The Mediterranean-inspired four-storey residence is on a private cul de sac with a 55m water frontage and a 25m pool. Invite over the whole swim team because there are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a home theatre, gym, steam room, yoga studio, staff quarters plus parking for up to 15 cars.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 3 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenEXPLAINER: Hits and misses of the Gold Coast Games01:06THE Commonwealth Games have come to a close, living up to and exceeding all expectations.But there’s still a chance to grab a slice of (property) gold.For decades, this densely populated patch of south east Queensland has been home to glamorous residences that really put the “gold” in Gold Coast.Here’s a look at seven of the most extraordinary listings — with insane inclusions from private pontoons and crystal chandeliers to day spas and staff quarters. 7-13 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento. Price: $9.95 millionA little slice of the Bahamas on the Goldie, this designer home on 2703sq m has the palm trees and attitude to pull off its $10 million price tag. There are five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a self-contained apartment, wine cellar, music room, gym, steam room and a main bedroom suite with a huge dressing room. The not so humble yard features a 17m pool with diving board for the Commonwealth dive team, outdoor fireplace, tennis court and boat lovers will enjoy the pontoon, boat shed, winch and ramp.REA listing: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-sorrento-126909654 31 Buccaneer Court, Paradise Waters Yes please! Price: $6.25 millionA doll’s house on the waterfront, this fairytale property has been inspired by the elegance of a French Chateau and the desire of a Queensland millionaire. The five-bedroom home has since bathrooms, imported marble and granite as far as the eye can see, plush cashmere carpets underfoot and crystal chandeliers at every turn.It sits on a sprawling 1102sq m waterfront block with 180-degree views of the hinterland and city skyline views. There is also a heated in-ground pool, 10-person spa and a 43m private white sand beach complete with double boat ramp, shed and pontoon able to accommodate a huge deepwater vessel.REA listing: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-paradise+waters-126305082 3/3511 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach Known as Sails. Price: On applicationOn and off the market over the last decade, this castle on the coast has reportedly sported a $25 million, $16.5 million and $11 million price tag. Known as Sails, this extraordinary seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom home has a whopping 176m water frontage and enough flash finishes to make Louis XVI all in his grave. There are marble lion sentinels upon entry and a striking Versace-inspired water feature beyond. The royal residence sits on a phenomenal 5371sq m block and is oozing with Gold Coast glamour from the gold swan taps to the Swarovski crystal chandeliers and 170sq m penthouse suite where friends and family can stay for the rest of the Commonwealth Games. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands real estate for online DT Price: On applicationThis luxury beach pad, which at 506sq m takes up the whole floor, and has an impressive floorplan that is one of the largest for a single level beachfront apartment on the Gold Coast. The fancy flat has uninterrupted views along the coastline, a 18m wide barbecue terrace, four grand bedrooms, a private pool and space plus direct beach access. One of just five residences, the apartment is also serviced by a full time concierge.