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The Real Reason For The Bird Flu Scare!

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  • Rick Stevens
    [Here they go! Money, Money, Money, for the Pharmaceutical industry. No surprise here though of course. All these precious wild birds killed for this sick
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2005
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      [Here they go! Money, Money, Money, for the
      Pharmaceutical industry. No surprise here though of
      course. All these precious wild birds killed for this
      sick hoax. What a species we are. Anyone notice how
      mad cow disease is always played down, when its
      probably a much bigger threat to us than this bird flu
      hoax! Thats because they cant make any money off the
      mad cow issue. Its not a vaccine issue $$$, so they
      claim it barely exist. Rick]


      Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy

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      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051102/ap_on_he_me/bush_flu

      By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer 48 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON -
      President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy
      Tuesday to prepare for a possible worldwide super-flu
      outbreak, aiming to overhaul the vaccine industry so
      eventually every American could be inoculated within
      six months of a pandemic's beginning.

      Such a huge change would take years to implement �
      Bush's goal is 2010 � and his plan drew immediate
      fire from critics who said it wouldn't provide enough
      protection in the meantime. States, too, got an
      unpleasant surprise, ordered to purchase millions of
      doses of an anti-flu drug with their own money.

      The long-awaited strategy also stresses expanded
      attempts to detect and contain the next super-flu
      before it reaches the United States, with particular
      attention to parts of Asia that are influenza
      incubators � a global focus that flu specialists
      have insisted the government adopt.

      "Early detection is our first line of defense," Bush
      said in a speech at the
      National Institutes of Health. He called on other
      countries to admit when super-flu strains occur within
      their borders. "No nation can afford to ignore this
      threat," he said.

      At the same time, Bush sought to reassure a public
      jittery over the spread of bird flu, called H5N1,
      which has killed at least 62 people in Asia since 2003
      and caused the death or destruction of tens of
      millions of birds.

      There is no evidence that a human pandemic, of H5N1 or
      any other super-strain, is about to start, Bush said
      repeatedly.

      Still, there have been three flu pandemics in the last
      century and the world is overdue for another. Concern
      is growing that the bird flu could provide the spark
      if it one day mutates so that it can spread easily
      from person to person.

      "Our country has been given fair warning of this
      danger to our homeland, and time to prepare," Bush
      said.

      Topping Bush's strategy:

      _$1.2 billion to stockpile enough vaccine against the
      current H5N1 flu strain to protect 20 million
      Americans, the estimated number of health workers and
      other first-responders involved in a pandemic.

      _$1 billion for the drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, which
      can treat and, in some cases, prevent flu infection.
      Enough to treat 44 million people and prevent
      infection in 6 million others is headed for the
      federal stockpile. States were told to buy 31 million
      treatment courses, but Bush is funding only a quarter
      of the states' anticipated bill.

      _$2.8 billion to speed production of pandemic vaccines
      � including better-matched strains � by learning
      to manufacture them in easier-to-handle cell cultures,
      instead of today's slow method that relies on millions
      of chicken eggs.

      _$251 million for international preparations,
      including improving early-warning systems to spot
      human infections with novel flu strains.

      _$100 million for state preparations, including
      determining how to deliver stockpiled medicines
      directly to patients.

      _$56 million to test poultry and wild birds for H5N1
      or other novel flu strains entering the U.S. bird
      population.

      _A call for Congress to provide liability protection
      for makers of a pandemic vaccine, which unlike shots
      against the regular winter flu would be experimental,
      largely untested.

      Bush's announcement came after his administration was
      battered by criticism over its lethargic response to
      Hurricane Katrina.

      Public health specialists, briefed on the strategy but
      awaiting details, called it a good start.

      "Clearly this is the No. 1 public health issue on the
      radar screen," said Michael Osterholm of the
      University of Minnesota, who advises the government on
      infectious disease threats.

      But it's not strong enough, said Sen. Edward Kennedy
      (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., who helped lead
      Senate passage of $8 billion in emergency funding for
      pandemic preparations last month.

      "Stockpiles alone aren't enough without the capacity
      to make use of them," he said, calling for steps to
      help states, cities and hospitals prepare for a flood
      of panicked patients.

      "There is a gaping hole" in the plan, added Sen.
      Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y.,
      who said the nation should stockpile enough Tamiflu
      for half the population, not the quarter that would be
      covered if the states added their share under Bush's
      plan.

      The states' contribution will be difficult, said
      Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, chairman of
      the National Governors Association. "They expect us to
      pay 75 cents on a dollar for flu medicine � that's
      going to be a tough pill to swallow," he said through
      a spokeswoman.

      The states' collective tab would reach $510 million,
      said Kim Elliott, deputy director of the nonpartisan
      Trust for America's Health. She worried that some
      wouldn't buy any, and that others wouldn't share their
      Tamiflu stash if a pandemic struck in a part of the
      country that ran out.

      "It depends on where you live and the state of your
      state's budget as to whether or not you might receive
      a treatment drug," she said.

      If a pandemic strikes, the
      Department of Health and Human Services will direct
      the medical response, and on Wednesday it will unveil
      long-awaited details. Still to be finalized is a plan
      from the
      Homeland Security Department, which will coordinate
      how the government balances protecting the public with
      keeping schools, businesses and transportation sectors
      running.

      "People think, "Oh, if I get sick, I'll stay home,'"
      said Homeland Security spokesman Brian Doyle. "But
      what happens when schools are closed for four months?
      Will truck drivers want to deliver food?"

      ___

      On the Net:

      Government's pandemic flu site:
      http://www.pandemicflu.gov





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