Originally posted by infinite
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
New York State have issued a statement, declaring any health official refusing the vaccine will be sacked. It is included in the BBC article.
Responding to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved emergency use of the experimental intravenous antiviral drug peramivir to treat hospitalized patients with pandemic H1N1 influenza.
Peramivir, manufactured by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc., is still in Phase 2 clinical trials. Known side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and decreases in white blood cell count, all of which stop when its use is halted. It has not been tested in pregnant women.
By Michael D. Shear and Rob Stein
Saturday, October 24, 2009; 12:58 PM
President Obama Saturday declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency, clearing the way for legal waivers to allow hospitals and doctors offices to better handle a surge of new patients.
The proclamation will grant Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius the power to authorize the waivers as individual medical facilities request them, officials said.
It says that Obama does "hereby find and proclaim that, given that the rapid increase in illness across the Nation may overburden health care resources and that the temporary waiver of certain standard Federal requirements may be warranted in order to enable U.S. health care facilities to implement emergency operations plans, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic in the United States constitutes a national emergency."
The US president has declared a national emergency over the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.
A White House statement on Saturday, a day after Barack Obama signed the declaration, said the move was intended to prepare the country in case of "a rapid increase in illness that may overburden healthcare resources".
A public health emergency was already in place, but the new measure eases legal requirements to help federal government to provide care.
Not a great source (MSM), but here's some more info.
President Barack Obama has declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, a move that allows medical officials to bypass certain federal requirements.
Originally posted by Copernicus
reply to post by antar
Perhaps. By declaring this a emergency, I bet lots more people will want to get vaccinated.
Originally posted by Libertygal
I think most peoples' fear stems from a lack of trust. I honestly think that's it in a nutshell. They just don't trust Obama with this kind of power.
Originally posted by ManBehindTheMask
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
My guess is probably a little of all the above, if this administration has proven one thing its that they are pretty calculated in what they do.
Nothing serves a single purpose thus far. I hate to sound like a conspiracy nut, but when the dots connect.......the dots connect!
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by hadriana
Panic and crisis is a wonderful thing to the government.
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
– Rahm Emmanuel
White House Chief of Staff