Maine Falls Short in Evaluation of Pandemic Preparedness

September 22, 2009
by Josie Huang
Maine Public Broadcasting Network

None of the states at the time were managing medical volunteers through an electronic system. And none had met all the federal guidelines on vaccine and antiviral drug distribution.

"You know, I think a lot of folks are playing catch-up now that we have a real-life situation in front of us," says Kimberly Elliott, Deputy Director of the D.C.-based non-profit, Trust for America's Health.  Elliott says that states have made great gains in pandemic preparedness because of the urgency brought on by H1N1 as well as the millions of dollars the federal government has poured into the effort.

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