Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Bird flu may evolve into epidemic
I agree, G.
The turn-around time from detection to deployment of vaccine has vexed a half-century of scientists. The CDC (and other health organizations worldwide) have detection systems, "sentinels", around the world to detect the presence of comminicable pathogens. They are the ones that find the haemorrhagic fevers (www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/vhfmanual.htm), for example.
We also had (until recently a fairly recently) a widely dispersed capability to deal with large-scale production of vaccines in the USA. because of the incredible wisdom of Congress and the Executive, we've eliminated a good portion of that ability.
But the big problem is not in either detection nor is it in production. It is in the twin problems of prediction and bureaucratic decision-making.