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US Congress holds hearings on outbreak of influenza A (H1N1)

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1837 (Published 01 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1837
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington

    Questions on the threat posed by the outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) remained unanswered after three days of congressional hearings in Washington, DC. But the meetings dampened down media frenzy through the constant repetition of the limited facts that were known.

    “We are better situated to face the outbreak now than we would have been 10 years ago,” said the representative Henry Waxman, at a 30 April hearing of the energy and commerce committee. That was because of resources and planning devoted to the threat of pandemic flu.

    In calling for additional funding he said, “I hope …

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