Monday, August 15, 2005

Avian Flu: One If By Land, Two If By....Oh, nevermind

Still hanging out at one of my favorite blogs, Effect Measure, where my friend Revere spends quite a bit of his time and energy riding through the streets of America warning people that the Avian Flu is coming and, to put it mildly, we're not ready.

Unfortunately, those who have the power aren't doing what they should to protect and defend the people of the United States, especially when it comes to finally realizing that we can't rely on the private sector to make sure we have adequate supplies of an effective vaccine.

Now he's getting pissed off.

We need a better Administration. One that would recognize that if the market doesn't work (and everyone agrees in this case it hasn't) we would have taken the necessary steps to do the research, development and manufacture of an influenza vaccine (an ongoing need) with public funds and for an overriding public purpose: the safety and security of our citizenry. The President doesn't mind spending incredibly large amounts of our money for what he thinks is necessary in that regard. Let him do it with a far smaller sum for what everyone else recognizes is necessary.