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Headlines Bush Plan Shows U.S. Is Not Ready for Deadly Flu


Seeker of Truth
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 - A plan developed by the Bush administration to deal with any possible outbreak of pandemic flu shows that the United States is woefully unprepared for what could become the worst disaster in the nation's history.
A draft of the final plan, which has been years in the making and is expected to be released later this month, says a large outbreak that began in Asia would be likely, because of modern travel patterns, to reach the United States within "a few months or even weeks."
If such an outbreak occurred, hospitals would become overwhelmed, riots would engulf vaccination clinics, and even power and food would be in short supply, according to the plan, which was obtained by The New York Times.
The 381-page plan calls for quarantine and travel restrictions but concedes that such measures "are unlikely to delay introduction of pandemic disease into the U.S. by more than a month or two."
The plan's 10 supplements suggest specific ways that local and state governments should prepare now for an eventual pandemic by, for instance, drafting legal documents that would justify quarantines. Written by health officials, the plan does yet address responses by the military or other governmental departments.
The plan outlines a worst-case scenario in which more than 1.9 million Americans would die and 8.5 million would be hospitalized with costs exceeding $450 billion.


Didn't we go through this SAME SHIT last year...?


a.k.a. FuckTheBullShit
No, last year we just didn't have enough vacines. That's actually being addressed by bringing other vacine manufacturers into the market. ID Biomedical, a Canadian company is currently gong through the FDA's test process to get approval to sell their vacines in the US.

What most people don't realize is that the shortage last year wasn't a global thing. It was a result of the US only having a few companies that have been approved to sell vacines in the states. Canada had plenty and even shared some of their surplus.

Right now ID Biomedical is doing the first of two studies to get approval in the US. It's already approved and on the market in Canada.

This plan sounds kinda retarded though. "Uhhh, in case people get sick you shoud have rules in place to deal with them."