Posts Tagged ‘pandemic’

Barack Obama signed a bill on Friday night declaring that the outbreak of swine ‘flu seen over the last few months has now become big enough to be declared a national emergency. Basically what this means is that local authorities will now have the power to implement their own emergency strategies and bypass the usual Federal channels they would need to go through to do so. It’s a good move because treatments for people can now be delivered much more quickly and effectively, especially as we are now heading into winter ‘flu season. But, this is the second wave of the swine ‘flu outbreak, and concerns will surely remain as to whether the virus has mutated into a version that is not susceptible to the vaccine that has been developed for it.