Experts: U.S. Can't Handle Pandemic

October 20, 2004
by M.A.J. McKenna
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The United States is unprepared not just for flu season, but for a worldwide pandemic or bioterrorism attack, say researchers outside the government. "We have a long way to go in being prepared for the next health crisis," said Dr. Shelley Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America's Health. "Look at what we have happening today: block-long lines, doctors frantic for guidance, and health officials who don't have the authority to direct vaccine supplies or enforce recommendations for who should receive them."

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