The government stopped counting swine flu (H1N1) cases in the US back in July when the number reached about 1 million. Swine flu has killed over 1000 people in the United States so far. The fog has lifted and President Obama sees an emergency.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal guidelines at hospitals and speed up how infected people might receive treatment in a disaster...
Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said this was not in response to any single development on an outbreak that has lasted months and has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.
Adding to the crisis, there is a severe shortage of the H1N1 vaccine.
THURSDAY, Oct. 22 -- As reports of swine flu infections continue to pour in from across the United States, health experts labored Thursday to explain why delivery of stocks of the long-awaited H1N1 vaccine are falling behind schedule.
Federal officials had projected that 40 million doses would be on hand by Oct. 15, but not even 13 million doses had arrived by Tuesday.
Meanwhile, President Obama is giving 10% of our swine flu vaccine to the WHO for other countries.
Obama Donating 10 Percent of H1N1 Vaccines to Poor Countries