that US news agencies are trying to downplay this emergency for fear
of disrupting the economy.
The chinese, on the other hand, had been on emergencies all these
while, ever since the first Swine Flu was detected. As a result it has
suffered much less than US that had taken the easy way out.
And yet, even after an emergency had been declared, there is no panic
at all in USA. In fact, people have become relieved. At least it
allows hospitals to prepare. Just people are preparing, does not mean
that they are panicking. Honesty has always been the best policy. It
allows people to take special precautions effectively.
If you hide information, people will take excessive precautions, since
there is no information at all. Those who don't want to take chances,
will assume all the worst possibilities.
AP Top News at 11:52 p.m. EDT
(AP) – 10 hours ago
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.
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Shortage of vaccine causes discontent in US
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US President Barack Obama has declared the A/H1N1 flu outbreak a
national emergency. It comes amid production delays for the flu's
Some Americans are not alarmed by the national emergency, but many
seem dissatisfied with the shortage of vaccine.
Several high schools in Washington specially designated for
inoculations began providing A/H1N1 flu vaccinations Saturday.
In the early morning, a long line forms.
Washington Resident, said, "I come early in case there's no vaccine."
Though the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention vows to supply
enough vaccine for those who plan to get inoculated, many states in
the country face shortages.
Washington Resident, said, "Terrible, it takes much long time to
The CDC admits the production of the vaccine is taking longer than
As planned, as many as 40 million doses could be available by mid-
October. Currently, only 13 million doses have been supplied.
The CDC cut down its target of producing 200 million doses by the end
of November to less than 70 million.
No panic, however, is caused by the government declaring a national
emergency and the shortage of vaccine.
Shelley Cohel, Washington Resident, said, "I believe there will be
Even if the vaccine is not available, many say keeping healthy, and
following doctors' orders will be helpful.
Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: CCTV.com