Rep. Lowey blames feds for not preparing for deadly bird flu

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) is blaming the federal government for not equipping local health officials with the tools it needs to combat the deadly bird flu.

Lowey says Westchester County, along with the rest of the nation, is not prepared should the bird flu hit the U.S. In Asia, the virus is killing more than 50 percent of those infected. Lowey said during a press conference at the White Plains Hospital Center Tuesday, the government should create and stockpile a vaccine. Lowey points out that currently there is only enough antiviral medications stockpiled to cover 1 percent of the population.

Lowey is co-sponsoring legislation that will require the federal government to increase the nation?s ability to produce vaccines and promote more research of the deadly strain of bird flu.

Related link: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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