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The seven rich nations -- Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and the U.S. -- as well as the European Union also "unanimously agreed" to help developing nations combat the virus.
Sweden, which now holds the EU presidency, and Spain, which will next, also took part in Friday's talks.
Meanwhile, the WHO advised that schools deciding to close because of a swine flu outbreak should do so at an early stage to slow transmission of the virus.
Studies suggest "that school closure has its greatest benefits when schools are closed very early in an outbreak, ideally before 1 percent of the population falls ill," a WHO statement said. This can result in 30-50 percent fewer people needing health care at the peak of a global outbreak, it said.
Experts say school closures do not reduce the number of cases, but just spread them over a longer period. The United States and Britain plan to keep schools open except under exceptional circumstances.
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