Obama administration preps for possible pandemic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

April 27, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is making plans in
case the swine flu spreads and medication is needed in bulk.

Health officials are setting dosing and distribution
requirements for Tamiflu and Relenza and authorizing the
distribution of a swine flu diagnostic test to public health and
other qualified labs.

President Barack Obama is urging calm, saying the virus is "not
a cause for alarm." At the same time, the government is putting
steps in place as the number of Americans believed to be infected
grows. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says officials
are preparing as if the outbreak will blossom into a pandemic.

The White House defended the administration's ability to respond
to a crisis while it still lacks a health and human services
secretary, a surgeon general and a CDC director. It says with
Napolitano filling in the gap, the administration "is in no way
hindered or hampered."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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