Ever hear of “Dark Winter”? Me neither. Phil Carter has. Don’t read close to bedtime.
1. Time to add the Secretary of HHS to the NSC?
2. Time to get an HHS Secretary who knows something about medicine?
3. Who’s the senior health official at Homeland Security?
Earlier post here. Thanks to Eugene Volokh and Glenn Reynolds for the links.
Brookings will have a paper out and available on line Monday at 10 am.
Via Glenn, here’s the “Consensus Statement” on smallpox as a bioweapon, published in JAMA three years ago. [Link requires subscription, but your organization, especially if it’s a university, may be a subscriber. Or you can pay nine bucks.] It mentions that only some states have mandatory-isolation laws; has anyone followed up on this? It also mentions a three-year lead time to gin up vaccine production capacity. Ugh!
Hey, there, you in the left blogosphere! Yeah, you! This is about ten times as important as Trent Lott, AND it’s a terrific issue to make against Bush and the Mayberry Machiavellis. Smallpox is a major national security issue, and they wimped out on it. Let’s have some noise here!
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