Experts have slammed President Bush’s plan to use the military to impose a quarantine should a flu pandemic strike. But at least Washington appears to finally be paying attention to the warnings of a coming outbreak. News last week that the deadly 1918 virus was actually a bird flu that jumped directly to humans gives credence to fears about the emerging avian flu viruses in Asia. It also makes planning all the more urgent. And it’s good that Congress seems unwilling to take Bush’s word that the United States is doing all it can.
Here’s a commentary that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., wrote for The Eagle about a bill that he and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., sponsored aimed at increasing the availability of vaccines.
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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