Report to Congress: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Spending [December 2006]   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This report is an update to the report to Congress on the first six months of activity that was provided on June 15, 2006. This report covers all activities from December 2005 to December 2006. The report covers both the December 2005 emergency supplemental (PL 109-148) and the June 2006 emergency supplemental (PL 109-234). In August 2005, animal outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 had been reported in twelve countries around the world with 112 total human cases confirmed in four of those countries. Just over a year later, in December 2006, the number of countries confirming animal outbreaks has jumped to 53, with 258 total human cases confirmed in ten of those countries. Once a pandemic begins, time will be a critical factor in our ability to accomplish the necessary production and delivery of vaccines and other medical countermeasures required to mitigate the pandemic. On November 1, 2005, the President requested a total of $7.1 billion in emergency funding for pandemic influenza preparedness activities, of which $6.7 billion was for implementation of the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan. This funding was requested in FY 2006 to fund a three-year preparedness effort to ensure that the Nation could effectively respond in the event of a pandemic. In December 2005, Congress appropriated $3.3 billion in emergency funding in a FY 2006 supplemental for HHS, for the first year of the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan, and in June 2006, Congress appropriated $2.3 billion for the second year of the HHS Plan in emergency funding in a second FY 2006 supplemental."

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