Bush Presses Vaccine Makers on Bird Flu
October 7, 2005
by Lauran Neergaard
President Bush summoned vaccine manufacturers to a White House meeting Friday, hoping to personally boost the rickety industry amid increasing fears of a worldwide outbreak of bird flu...
..."If the avian flu were to hit here, it would be like having a Category 5 viral hurricane hit every single state simultaneously. We're not ready for that," said Shelley Hearne, director of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health
, which backed the vaccine legislation.
"The lawmakers in the last few months have been paying attention," said Hearne, who cites Hurricane Katrina as a key reason.
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