(Warnings of H5N1 and H1N1 merging going pandemic and now this…-cottontop)
By Rob Stein
WASHINGTON – A top Obama administration official, citing problems with the swine flu vaccination campaign and other problems in preparedness, announced plans yesterday for a major review of the federal government’s policies for developing public-health defenses.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she had ordered the review in part because the swine flu vaccine shortage had highlighted the nation’s dependence on antiquated technology.
“We’ll look for the fastest ways to move to new technologies that will let us quickly produce countermeasures that are more dependable and more robust,” Sebelius said in prepared remarks to the American Medical Association’s Third National Congress on Health System Readiness, which is being held in Washington. “Not just for flu and not just for infectious diseases, but for all the public-health threats we face today.”
The review will be led by Nicole Lurie, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response, and will be complete by “early next year,” Sebelius said.
“We face a wider range of public-health threats than ever before,” Sebelius said. “It could be anthrax delivered in an envelope. It could be a dirty bomb set off in a subway car.”
• Death No. 22 from H1N1 (translated) (Link)
• 580 deaths total now (Link)
• Indications of Pandemic Influenza (translated) (Link)
• US: The Emergency Use Authorization of Peramivir for Treatment of 2009 H1N1 Influenza(Link)
• IL: Ford County 11 yr old died quickly from overwhelming infection (Link)
• MA: Medford school where child died earlier now has teacher with ‘viral’ meningitis (Link)
• MD: Two resistant swine flu cases (Link)
• NC: Daughter of local pediatrician dies of H1N1 (Link)
• NJ: New Jersey confirms 2 more deaths, total now 31 (Link)
• NV: Las Vegas woman, 55, was the 30th in city to die of H1N1 (Link)
• OR: 1 new death, 24 new hospitalizations (Link)
• PA: Expect More Swine Flu Cases to Hit State (Link)
• PA: (3) more fatalities have been added (Link)
• One-third of the world to be affected by H1N1: WHO (Link)
• Peter Sandman: US – Balancing The Message between “Mild” and “Not Done Yet” (Link)