morning. here's lester.
virus has gone from bad to worse with the cdc reporting a record number of deaths among children from the virus last week.
more doses of vaccine expected this week as manufacturers struggle to catch up with the demand. for more on what the government is doing to catch up with the pandemic, we're joined by
. madame secretary, good to see you.
we talked to secretary sebelius yesterday who said more vaccine is coming online but the fact there is a shortage and the fact that your agency is coordinating the government response, have you had to take another look at your
worst case scenarios
not really. you know, we planned all along for a
worst case scenario
and we're in the midst of the pandemic right now. the manufacturers are beginning to roll the vaccine off the line. there's another
doses this week. we released the
stockpile for pediatrics. that's released. over 150,000
. you know, it's a terrible epidemic. we know that kids are getting sick and parents are getting frustrated but we're working our way through this problem.
is there anything predictable about the spread of the flu? is it following the pattern when we talked about this back in april?
we did. yes indeed. we thought that it would be widespread. that it would be widespread by about now. we thought that actually it would be widespread before vaccine was commonly available. and so one of our chief jobs has been to make sure the business of the country continues and other things go on even while we're in the midst of this epidemic.
you mentioned the government released a stockpile of pediatric
. i want to ask you about some of the things that are going on on the internet.
, things being marketed as
, false cures, shampoos, is the government doing anything to crackdown on these sort of scams out there?
absolutely. the fda is all over that on these
scams. these vaccine scams. we ask people to go to flu.gov to get accurate information. i'm sure that there will be a lot of activity by
state attorneys general
and others against these
i have to ask you after 9/11 a lot of people were talking about bioterror, smallpox attacks, those sorts of things, has this
helped in your planning for this sort of thing? are there lessons being learned here that could be applied in such a situation?
i think there are
any time you go through an event of this magnitude. once we're through the worst of it, we are keeping close track and we'll go back later and see what are
and how can we be better prepared next time?
we look forward to talking to you again at some point. secretary napolitano, thank you for being with us this morning.
let's get more of this