Re: what the??? my second link was changed
Bush plan for flu crisis shows U.S. not ready -NYT Sat Oct 8, 2:58 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A draft of the Bush
administration's final plan for dealing with a
likely Pandemic flu outbreak shows the United
States is woefully unprepared for the potential
disaster, The New York Times reported on
The document says a large outbreak that began in
Asia would be likely to reach the United States
within "a few months or even weeks," and that
more than 1.9 million people could die in the
worst case scenario, the Times said.
If that occurred, according to the draft,
hospitals would be overwhelmed, riots would
engulf vaccination clinics and power and food
would be in short supply, it said.
The Times said it obtained a copy of the plan
which has been years in the making and is
expected to be released later this month. A
spokeswoman for Health and Human Services
Secretary Michael Leavitt told the paper the
document it had was a draft and had not been
The H5N1 avian influenza virus has killed
millions of birds across Asia and infected 116
people, killing 60 of them. If it acquires the
ability to pass easily from person to person, it
could kill millions in the space of a few
months, experts say.
The nearly 400-page plan calls for quarantine
and travel restrictions, but notes that those
moves are unlikely to slow "introduction of
pandemic disease into the U.S. by more than a
month or two," the Times said.
The draft, written by health officials,
includes 10 supplements that suggest ways for
local and state governments to prepare, such as
drafting documents that would justify
quarantine. It does not address military or
other government departmental responses, the
According to the document, in the worst-case
scenario 8.5 million would also be hospitalized,
and costs would exceed $450 billion. It calls
for production of 600 million vaccines within
six months, which is more than 10 times current
U.S.President George W. Bush met with the chief
executive officers of some of the top corporate
makers of vaccines on Friday and asked them to
do their utmost to boost flu vaccine production.
The Times quoted an unnamed health official who
provided the copy of the plan as saying its true
shortcoming was "that is doesn't say who's in
Envisioning how an outbreak might play out at
its peak, the draft says about a quarter of
workers stay home because they are sick or
afraid of becoming sick. Hospitals are
overwhelmed, it says.
"Social unrest occurs," the plan says. "Public
anxiety heightens mistrust of government,
diminishing compliance with public health
advisories. Mortuaries and funeral homes are
Do they think this is going to
SHUT people up!?!
So, in other words, there
is NO PLAN!!
Business as usual!
President Bush has asked
pharmaceutical companies to boost
their flu vaccine production. Ah,
how 'bout ORDERING them to make mass
quantities now and ready the clinics.
I think this would fall under the
category of NATIONAL EMERGENCY.
But, hey, maybe I'm just freakin'
Let's see. You've predicted in the
next few weeks or month the bird flu
could be in America and possibly kill
1.9 million people. Riots ensue, food
and power in short supply.
Geez!! You make things seems so
bleak and with such a keen ability
to predict the future in great detail,
I think you should apply the same
the same critical thinking to the
Or, are you just going to sit
idly by after you and your elk
have been vaccinated and watch
1.9 million Americans die?
I think I know the answer to