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Warren,

it would seem that President Bush is taking the birds seriously.

And he’s asking Congress to spend $1.2 billion on vaccines.

UPDATE: Here are the numbers from the White House

Because A Pandemic Could Strike At Any Time, The United States Must Prepare Now. Today, the President is requesting $7.1 billion in emergency funding to begin immediately implementing a national strategy for pandemic influenza. By making critical investments now, the Federal government will strengthen our ability to safeguard the American people in the event of a devastating global pandemic – and bring the Nation’s public health and medical infrastructure into the 21st century.

* The President’s Request Of $7.1 Billion Will Fund The National Strategy’s Critical Goals Of Safeguarding America. The request includes $251 million to detect and contain outbreaks before they spread around the world; $2.8 billion to accelerate development of cell-culture technology; $800 million for development of new treatments and vaccines; $1.519 billion for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense to purchase influenza vaccines; $1.029 billion to stockpile antiviral medications; and $644 million to ensure that all levels of government are prepared to respond to a pandemic outbreak.

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