Congress defers funding Bird flu vaccines

There are not alot of things that scare me but deadly viruses is near the top of the list.  I really do not understand my govenment when it comes to keeping me safe. First President Bush takes an awfully long time getting a plan together including dropping the ball on getting orders in for the Bird flu vaccine and now the Republicans in congress have decided to defer funding the Bush plan until next month or maybe next year!
The full story can be found on Reuters website.

WHO has urged all countries to come up with plans for tackling a pandemic of bird flu, but U.S. efforts stalled on Thursday when Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives refused to approve funding for Bush’s $7.1 billion plan.

After days of intensive talks between the House and Senate, negotiators dropped a plan for $8 billion in funds that Democrats pushed through the Senate last month.

Conservative Republicans in the House insisted that an emergency U.S. effort to stockpile vaccines and anti-viral drugs that could be effective against the deadly flu would have to be paid for by cutting other government programs.

Republican leaders in the House said that instead of attaching the bird flu money to a health and labor spending bill moving through Congress, they would try separate legislation later this year or early next year.

I really do not care where the money come.  This virus is spreading.  Birds were just found in Canada with the virus but not the deadly strain.  The govenment needs to get moving on this we are already being the game.


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