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Statement by the President on Today's Meeting to Discuss the 1976 Flu Outbreak


Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   JUNE 30, 2009

Statement by the President on Today’s Meeting to Discuss the 1976 H1N1 Flu Outbreak
"Today I joined Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan and other senior advisors to meet with a select group of individuals who could speak knowledgeably about the lessons learned from the 1976 influenza so that we can further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu."
Meeting participants (with roles in 1976):
  • Hon. F. David Mathews, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)
  • Hon. William Howard Taft IV, former General Counsel, HEW
  • David Sencer, MD, former CDC Director
  • Walter ("Walt") Dowdle, MD, former CDC Virology Division Director
  • David Hamburg, MD, former President of the Institute of Medicine; current FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg’s father
  • Harvey Fineberg, MD, Co-author, The Swine Flu Affair: Decision-Making on a Slippery Disease; current President of the Institute of Medicine