UPDATE: This briefing has concluded, read the transcript.
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano:
"The first thing I want to announce today is that the Department of Health and Human Services will declare today a public health emergency in the United States. That sounds more severe than really it is. This is standard operating procedure and allows us to free up federal, state, and local agencies and their resources for prevention and mitigation; it allows us to use medication and diagnostic tests that we might not otherwise be able to use, particularly on very young children; and it releases funds for the acquisition of additional antivirals."
The Office of the Press Secretary issued the following advisory this morning concerning a special White House Briefing to discuss the reported swine flu cases. Watch it streamed at 12:30pm EDT at WhiteHouse.gov/live
, and find up-to-the-minute information through the HHS/ CDC swine flu widget
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SUNDAY, April 26, 2009
White House Briefing to Discuss Reported Swine Flu Cases – Today at 12:30pm EDT
WASHINGTON – Obama administration officials will host an on-camera briefing this afternoon in the White House Press Briefing Room to provide an update on swine influenza in the United States and the government response.
WHO: Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Richard Besser, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:30pm EDT
WHERE: White House Press Briefing Room