Daily Kos: Reid Weighs In On Pandemic Flu

Reid Weighs In On Pandemic Flu
by DemFromCT
Thu Sep 29th, 2005 at 22:18:44 CDT

Reid and Frist are on Nightline together tonight. The flu amendment passed by unanimous consent.

Actions speak louder than words. Pandemic flu, as many of you know, is a very real concern right now. These very preparedness issues have been brought up at Daily Kos before by myself, Page and many others;  in fact, posts on pandemic flu can be found all over the Internets across the political spectrum. Indeed, the potential threat of pandemic flu is now in the mainstream, as this National Geographic cover story can attest to. And as of Wednesday, Harry Reid's comments on pandemic flu signal an attempt by the Senate to address some of the ongoing issues in a substantive way:

"Given the very real possibility of an outbreak, its potentially severe consequences, and our relative lack of preparedness, we need to take immediate action on several fronts to prepare this nation and the American people for a potential outbreak and to reduce its impact should it occur.

"Among the steps necessary are:

  • Improve surveillance and international partnerships so we may detect a new flu strain early
  • Prepare for a pandemic by finalizing, implementing, and funding pandemic preparedness and response plans
  • Protect Americans through the development, production, and distribution of an effective vaccine
  • Plan Ahead for a pandemic by stockpiling antiviral medications, medical and other supplies;
  • Strengthen our public health infrastructure
  • Educate Americans by increasing awareness and education about pandemic flu
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we need to commit to protecting Americans by devoting adequate resources to pandemic preparedness.

Daily Kos: Reid Weighs In On Pandemic Flu


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