Assessing the National Pandemic Flu Preparedness Plan: Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, November 8, 2005 [open pdf - 592KB]
From the opening statement of Joe Barton: "This morning we are honored to have the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Honorable Michael Leavitt, before us to discuss the administration's concerns and plans to deal with pandemic flu. It is called the Avian Flu… An influenza pandemic has happened before in America, though probably not in the living memory of anyone in this room. Still, the odds are that it could happen again sometime, and so the Bush administration is certainly correct to send a warning to begin to prepare for the worst. We know that when it occurs, this pandemic could lead to widespread sickness, many deaths and serious damage to the Nation's economy. We have an opportunity today to learn what actions we can take to prepare for this threat and minimize the risks associated with the deadly virus. This is a serious business, even deadly business, and we are having this hearing to expand our basic knowledge about both the disease and the potential cure… In today's hearing, Secretary Leavitt will tell us about the National Strategy for Influenza Preparedness Plan and other actions taken by the administration. These include increasing the program for global surveillance, cooperation with the international community and developing an H5N1 vaccine." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joe Barton, Michael O. Leavitt, William F. Raub, Anthony S. Fauci, and Julie L. Gerberding.
Serial No. 109-59
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