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Flu Plan Calls for Limited Federal Role

May 4, 2006
by David Stout and Lawrence K. Altman
New York Times

Although the federal government will stockpile 75 million doses of antiviral drugs and 20 million doses of vaccine to combat any outbreak of pandemic flu, local governments and individual communities will have to shoulder most of the burden in battling the disease, the White House said today... ...And Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, said the response plan "represents serious progress for our national readiness." But he said it does not sufficiently address the "enormous" financial losses that will result from a pandemic. "We must think through these problems now, when we have time," he said.

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