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December 21, 2005

House passes bird flu bill

Via CNN Money: House passes bird flu bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives early on Monday approved $3.78 billion to begin preparations for a possible avian flu epidemic.

The bill would also shield manufacturers of vaccines and drugs from lawsuits during an epidemic. The legislation, wrapped into an unrelated defense bill, still faces an uncertain fate in the Senate later this week.

The money would be used for stockpiling potential vaccine and drugs, training emergency officials and increasing international surveillance of the flu which has been sweeping through poultry flocks in Asia and more recently into eastern Europe.

Posted by dymaxion at December 21, 2005 01:15 PM

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