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    Bush Calls for $7.1 Billion to Prepare for Bird Flu Threat
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: November 1, 2005
    Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million Americans against the current strain of bird flu.

    The president also said the United States must approve liability protection for the makers of lifesaving vaccines. He said the number of American vaccine manufacturers has plummeted because the industry has been hit with a flood of lawsuits.

    The president, in a speech at the National Institutes of Health, said the United States must be prepared to detect outbreaks anywhere in the world, stockpile vaccines and anti-viral drugs and be ready to respond at the federal, state and local levels in the event a pandemic reaches the United States.

    Bush outlined a strategy that would cost $7.1 billion including:

    --$1.2 billion for the government to buy enough doses of the vaccine against the current strain of bird flu to protect 20 million Americans;

    --$1 billion to stockpile more anti-viral drugs that lessen the severity of the flu symptoms;

    --$2.8 billion to speed the development of vaccines as new strains emerge, a process that now takes months;

    --$583 million for states and local governments to prepare emergency plans to respond to an outbreak.

    Bush said a pandemic flu would be far more serious than the seasonal flu that makes hundreds of thousands of people sick ever year and sends people to their doctors for a flu shot. ''I had mine,'' Bush said. Unlike seasonal flu, pandemic flu can kill people who are young and healthy as well as those who are frail and sick, he said.

    In asking Congress for money to buy vaccine, Bush said the vaccine ''would not be a perfect match to the pandemic flu because the pandemic strain would probably differ somewhat from the avian flu virus it grew from. But a vaccine against the current avian flu virus would likely offer some protection against a pandemic strain and possibly save many lives in the first critical months of an outbreak.''

    He also said the United States was increasing stockpiles of antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza. Such drugs cannot prevent people from catching the flu, but they can reduce the severity of the illness when taken within 48 hours of getting sick, he said.

    ''At this moment there is no pandemic influenza in the United States or the world, but if history is our guide there's reason to be concerned,'' Bush said. ''In the last century, our country and the world have been hit by three influenza pandemics, and viruses from birds contributed to all of them.''

    He pointed out that the 1918 pandemic killed over a half million Americans and more than 20 million people across the globe. ''One-third of the U.S. population was infected, and life expectancy in our country was reduced by 13 years.

    ''The 1918 pandemic was followed by pandemics in 1957 and 1968, which killed tens of thousands of Americans and millions across the world,'' Bush said.

    Bird flu has been documented in Asia and has spread to Europe but has not reached the United States, the president said. ''Our country has been given fair warning of this danger to our homeland and time to prepare,'' he said.

    Bush said the cornerstone of his strategy was to develop new technologies to produce new vaccines quickly. ''If a pandemic strikes, our country must have a surge capacity in place that will allow us to bring a new vaccine online quickly and manufacture enough to immunize every American against the pandemic strain,'' Bush said.

    The principal goal of Bush's plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said, ''is the capacity for every American to have a vaccine in the case of a pandemic, no matter what the virus is.''

    ''There is no reason to believe that in the next day or two or week or month that that's going to occur,'' Leavitt said on CBS's ''The Early Show.'' But he added that ''we do need to be ready in case it begins to mutate into a human transmissable disease.''

    Pandemics strike when the easy-to-mutate influenza virus shifts to a strain that people have never experienced before, something that has happened three times in the last century. While it is impossible to say when the next super-flu will strike, concern is growing that the bird flu strain known as H5N1 could trigger one if it mutates to start spreading easily among people. Since 2003, at least 62 people in Southeast Asia have died from H5N1; most regularly handled poultry.

    The nation's strategy starts with attempting to spot an outbreak abroad early and working to contain it before it reaches the United States.

    Today, most of the world's vaccine against regular winter flu, including much of that used by Americans each flu season, is manufactured in factories in Britain and Europe.

    The government already has ordered $162.5 million worth of vaccine to be made and stockpiled against the Asian bird flu, more than half to be made in a U.S. factory.

    But the administration plan, to be released in more detail on Wednesday, calls for more than stockpiling shots. It will stress a new method of manufacturing flu vaccines -- growing the virus to make them in easy-to-handle cell cultures instead of today's cumbersome process that uses millions of chicken eggs -- as well as incentives for new U.S.-based vaccine factories to open.

    Such steps will take several years to implement, but the hope is that eventually they could allow production of enough vaccine to go around within six months of a pandemic's start.[/b][/quote]

    http://nytimes.com/aponline/health/AP-Bush...artner=homepage
    No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
    President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

    I'm a war president
    President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

  • #2
    QUOTE
    Bush Calls for $7.1 Billion to Prepare for Bird Flu Threat
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: November 1, 2005
    Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million of the richest Americans against the current strain of bird flu.
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    • #3
      QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Nov 1 2005, 11:32 AM) Quoted post

      QUOTE
      Bush Calls for $7.1 Billion to Prepare for Bird Flu Threat
      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
      Published: November 1, 2005
      Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million of the richest Americans against the current strain of bird flu.
      [/b][/quote]

      fixed.
      [/b][/quote]

      Are you suggesting that peoples displaced by Katrina would be last on the list to get the vaccine?
      No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
      President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

      I'm a war president
      President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

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      • #4
        QUOTE(mw.2 @ Nov 1 2005, 10:34 AM) Quoted post

        QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Nov 1 2005, 11:32 AM) Quoted post

        QUOTE
        Bush Calls for $7.1 Billion to Prepare for Bird Flu Threat
        By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
        Published: November 1, 2005
        Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET

        WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million of the richest Americans against the current strain of bird flu.
        [/b][/quote]

        fixed.
        [/b][/quote]

        Are you suggesting that peoples displaced by Katrina would be last on the list to get the vaccine?
        [/b][/quote]
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        • #5
          QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Nov 1 2005, 11:36 AM) Quoted post

          QUOTE(mw.2 @ Nov 1 2005, 10:34 AM) Quoted post

          QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Nov 1 2005, 11:32 AM) Quoted post

          QUOTE
          Bush Calls for $7.1 Billion to Prepare for Bird Flu Threat
          By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
          Published: November 1, 2005
          Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET

          WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million of the richest Americans against the current strain of bird flu.
          [/b][/quote]

          fixed.
          [/b][/quote]

          Are you suggesting that peoples displaced by Katrina would be last on the list to get the vaccine?
          [/b][/quote]

          [/b][/quote]

          Now now, I can see why you might think that. But I'm certain that the vaccine paid for with our tax money will be shared fairly among the taxpayers.
          No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
          President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

          I'm a war president
          President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

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          • #6
            We will be resilient in the War on Influenza.

            - G. W. Bush

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            • #7
              You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.

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              • #8
                QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                [/b][/quote]

                We didn't listen.

                Moon

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Moon Man @ Nov 1 2005, 01:41 PM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                  You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                  [/b][/quote]

                  We didn't listen.

                  Moon
                  [/b][/quote]

                  I broke the dam.

                  Dammit, I wish my web server was working, I could post some good pix. I've gotta fix that tonight.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                    You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    I think he meant this president needs an enemy to focus on.

                    His game is only as good as the enemies he has to blame.
                    Damn these electric sex pants!

                    26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 1 2005, 01:55 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                      You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                      [/b][/quote]

                      I think he meant this president needs an enemy to focus on.

                      His game is only as good as the enemies he has to blame.
                      [/b][/quote]

                      He's got plenty of enemies. Maybe a group he should start with is people who post pictures of him picking his nose on Internet forums.

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 01:58 PM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 1 2005, 01:55 PM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                        You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                        [/b][/quote]

                        I think he meant this president needs an enemy to focus on.

                        His game is only as good as the enemies he has to blame.
                        [/b][/quote]

                        He's got plenty of enemies. Maybe a group he should start with is people who post pictures of him picking his nose on Internet forums.
                        [/b][/quote]

                        I hope Dred's wife doesn't do covert work for the CIA.

                        Anyway, I'm learning a few things.

                        1) GW politely tells us how to invest. Destruction, oil, rebuilding.
                        2) Get money to invest

                        I'm still working on 2.
                        No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
                        President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

                        I'm a war president
                        President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:58 PM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 1 2005, 01:55 PM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 12:39 PM) Quoted post

                          You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                          [/b][/quote]

                          I think he meant this president needs an enemy to focus on.

                          His game is only as good as the enemies he has to blame.
                          [/b][/quote]

                          He's got plenty of enemies. Maybe a group he should start with is people who post pictures of him picking his nose on Internet forums.
                          [/b][/quote]

                          Ooh.
                          Damn these electric sex pants!

                          26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                          Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 01:39 PM) Quoted post

                            You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Yep. Time to spend $7 billion for 1 in 12 Americans. You know, 63 chicken keepers have died in Asia.

                            Either vaccinate us all or don't even fucking bother to spend my tax money on a vaccine for Rush Limbaugh.
                            No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true
                            President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006

                            I'm a war president
                            President George W. Bush, February 8, 2004

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(mw.2 @ Nov 1 2005, 02:10 PM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(Airshark @ Nov 1 2005, 01:39 PM) Quoted post

                              You're right. Time to place blame for a disaster that hasn't even happened yet.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Yep. Time to spend $7 billion for 1 in 12 Americans. You know, 63 chicken keepers have died in Asia.

                              Either vaccinate us all or don't even fucking bother to spend my tax money on a vaccine for Rush Limbaugh.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Very bad way to look at it. That's not the way public health works. First, let me say that I agree this is probably a $7B boondoggle, and shouldn't be done at all. However, there's no reason to believe that rich people will get the vaccine ahead of others, and reason to believe that that's NOT what will happen.

                              If this is done at all, it will probably be done by spot-flooding any outbreak. This is how the WHO finally got smallpox, and it's the most effective way of dealing with a disease before it becomes an epidemic. Simply put, if a case is discovered in the US, everybody in the area around that person will be vaccinated. If a case is discovered in a West Coast city (the most likely), that city and its environs will get a boatload of the vaccine and pretty much everybody will be "encouraged" to get vaccinated at that time. Twenty million doses can be sufficient to cover the whole US if this strategy works.

                              Just sayin.

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