H1N1 flu – wasn’t the Obama administration responsible for ordering vaccine (see Obama bungles Swine Flue Vaccine)? Obama neglected to order enough; he was otherwise occupied planning his Maoist coup to take over the defective (according to him) American health care industry, and the greedy defective health insurance industry. Now, too late, Obama declares a national emergency! And grabs more power for his worthless scum Maoist czars, who we now find out are immune from congressional testimony. Will Obama ever order enough vaccine? Or is he too interested in declaring more crises? Maybe Obama thinks flu is good for you; flu is not as dangerous as government health care, by far.
Want a real crisis? Wait ’til Obama runs American health care (into the ground). That’s American health care, formerly the best health care in the world; until Obama was elected.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government’s initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses have gone out to health departments, doctor’s offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.
Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said the move was not in response to any single development.
Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.
NEW YORK (CNN) — New York public health workers will no longer be required to be vaccinated against both the seasonal and H1N1 flu virus, state officials announced Thursday, prompted by a vaccine shortage.
A statement from Gov. David Paterson announced the policy change on behalf of State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines.
Daines had originally said that public health workers must be vaccinated for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, by November 30 or risk discipline.
The Public Employees Federation, New York’s second-largest state employees union, sued over the requirement and was awaiting a state Supreme Court hearing scheduled for October 30.
The vaccine shortage has defused the conflict.
The federal government had told states that, by the end of October, an estimated 120 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine would be readily available, according to Paterson and Daines. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have only about 27.7 million doses of the vaccine at month’s end.
In truth, there is only ONE defective entity engaged here, and that defective entity is Obama, student of Marx, and of the failed philosophy of the ignorant.