The Longer View: The Press Wrestles with the Politics of the Flu

October 20, 2004
by Thomas Lang
Columbia Journalism Review

The politics of flu became an issue earlier this month when British regulators shut down a Chiron Corporation vaccine plant that was set to provide almost 50 percent of the United State's influenza vaccine... ...Yesterday, HHS Secretary Thompson cited the August release of the Draft National Pandemic Preparedness and Response plan. Today the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that plan has been in the works since 1993, and has itself been criticized by both the Government Accounting Office and Trust for America's Health for leaving "significant gaps in preparation for flu."

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