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Joint Statement in Response to Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Influenza Plan

Jeffrey Levi, Thomas Inglesby; Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
Date posted:
January 01, 2006
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Clin Infect Dis 2006;42(1):92-94

Oxford University Press
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On 1 November 2005, President Bush released the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza,  which outlines how the United States intends to prepare for, detect, and respond to an influenza pandemic. Congress was asked to fund the plan by appropriating $7.1 billion, the bulk of which would go to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to stockpile vaccines and antiviral drugs, to accelerate the development of new vaccine technologies, and to improve disease surveillance and the nation’s public health infrastructure and communications.

The following day, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt released the DHHS Pandemic Influenza Plan
, which details how the nation’s health care and public health systems should prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. The plan addresses a broad range of preparedness and response issues, including disease surveillance and containment; stockpiling and distribution of antivirals and vaccines; collaboration between federal, state, and local entities; and public education.

The Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, which consists of a number of professional societies and organizations, wrote the following letter to Congress in response to these plans. This letter was previously published on the Internet.

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