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May 19, 2009

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  1. May 19, 2009 3:24 pm

    A couple of questions that I hope you can answer relating specifically to state/local public health lab capability –
    1) For H1N1 there was a new test which hadn’t been approved and HHS rushed it out, as I understand it that was a contributor to the backlog – do you have any idea how much of a contributor?
    2) If HHS/CDC made building state/local lab capability a priority how many states would provide sustainment funding once we were a year or two away from an outbreak?
    3) Do you feel that the CDC should be reduced in size (budget) with the remainder going out to state capability, or that there should be an increase in overall funding (and if the later, where should the money come from)?

    On the NYTimes piece, take it with a large grain of salt. The author is writing about a program (TOPOFF) that no longer exists. A better assessment of the Federal exercise programs is in the DHS OIG report titled “DHS efforts to address lessons learned in the aftermath of top officials exercises” OIG-09-53, April 2009. (My day job is very involved with the Federal exercise program and while I agree with some of the spirit of the NYTimes piece some of the inaccuracies bother me.)

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