Tuesday, November 1, 2005
The HHS Pandemic Preparedness Plan is not out, but Pres. Bush is planning to spend $ 7.1 billion in flu preparedness, including vaccine development, stockpiling experimental vaccine for the H5N1 strain, stockpiling antiviral medications, developing new flu treatments, and helping local governments prepare. The quid pro quo appears to be eliminating liability for vaccine makers. It does not appear that Bush is prepared to develop the amount of anti-viral medication and vaccine that other countries are considering.