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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

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