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Dynamic Swine Flu Threat Will Persist Through 2010, Experts Say

May 14, 2009
by By Joseph Straw

Dr. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, and fellow panelists shared high praise for elements of the public health sector's current handling of the H1N1 outbreak. They agreed, however, that the country still lacks adequate logistical planning and assets to administer vaccines or medication-like 600 million or more doses-in the midst of a severe pandemic.

Whether the America public would accede to a series of seasonal flu shots "depends on how scared people are," Levi said. A better question is whether the pharmaceutical industry would have the capacity to produce them in a global pandemic, he added.

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