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October 06, 2005


This (avian flu) is now mainstream stuff. from the WSJ:

Amid growing concerns about bird flu spreading to humans, the Bush administration says it plans to bolster vaccine production in the U.S., purchase huge quantities of antiviral drugs and lay out a detailed system to coordinate federal, state and local response efforts to a pandemic.

In an interview, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said an administration plan to be put forth in coming weeks is designed to ensure a far more robust domestic vaccine industry, with expanded U.S. manufacturing capacity. White House and congressional officials have said the request to Congress will be in the range of $6 billion to $10 billion.

It's kind of worrisome that mr. emptywheel went from not believing in bird flu and not believing there would be Plame indictments to being a believer all of a sudden.

I kind of liked having the live-in skeptic to keep me from worrying TOO much.

I looked up the 1915 Flu Epidemic on the Net - It was also called "Swine" Flu. Story is some farm boys in Kansas (of all places) became infected, yes, from their pigs and got recruited for WWI and spread it around the world. (When pigs fly, comes to mind.) More credible might be the fact that the vaccine given to every one (made some drug companies tons of money) and made everyone else very sick - Some died!! Now the story out is that the coming bird flu pandemic is the "same" as the 1918 strain! Birds vs pigs - stay tuned and watch your back!

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