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December 10, 2005

Avian flu exercise at the White House today

Filed under: Biosecurity,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on December 10, 2005

From a Reuters report earlier in the week:

“Plans must be tested and improved upon. To that end, the administration will conduct an exercise on pandemic preparations and response this Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon. This will involve top Cabinet and other government officials, and will be conducted here at the White House.”

Seems like a good use of time for the White House to be having this exercise: leadership and decision-making are one of the most critical and time-sensitive factors in responding to an outbreak or disaster.

I’ll post follow-on news and links about the exercise if and when it becomes available.

Update: Transcript of the press gaggle with Fran Townsend and Michael Chertoff after the exercise.

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