Friday, November 04, 2005

Flawed bird flu plan needs attention now

Preparing Americans just now recovering from a spate of devastating hurricanes for a possible avian flu outbreak, without alarming or panicking them, is a tall order.

On the one hand, President Bush on Tuesday reassured Americans that there's no worldwide pandemic "at this time.'' But a day later, his Pandemic Influenza Plan painted a bleak scenario of travel bans, overwhelmed hospitals and up to 2 million deaths in the United States.
Folks, if you thought the implementation of rescue following Katrina was pathetic, imagine how poorly the government is prepared for a nationwide outbreak of flu!
"The federal government can deliver stockpiles of medication and supplies to a city in the U.S. in a matter of hours, but it is distribution at the state and local level that defines victory," said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. For more info, click here.
See, the government is already setting up blame for any failures in this endeavor. Its got to be state and local government . . . not the federal government!

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