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Published on Oct 27, 2009
The H1N1 emergency demonstrated that we need to produce vaccines and medicines faster and less expensively. Chicken eggs aren't the answer.
This video was sponsored by Senator Bob Graham's (D-FL) & Senator Jim Talent's (R-MO) Bipartisan Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (WMD Commission). Written & Produced by the Commission's Executive Director, Colonel Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret). Directed by Jay Lavender.
In August 2009, there was great concern that the H1N1 pandemic would reach its peak in less than 60 days. No one knew how deadly the virus might be, but there was no question the disease was spreading rapidly.
It was clear there would not be enough H1N1 vaccine in those critical early months because the U.S. was still producing flu vaccines and other important medical therapeutics using the same time-consuming technology developed in the 1950s.
Upon release, in October 2009, the video generated extensive coverage by the national press and captured the attention of government leaders in Congress and The White House Administration.
Following the completion of the WMD Commission in February 2010, Senator Graham, Senator Talent & Randall Larsen agreed to continue their efforts by creating the not-for-profit Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center. The WMD Center's first major project was its Bio-Response Report Card, published in October 2011, which provided a strategic assessment of the nation's ability to respond to an intentional biological attack or a naturally occurring disease pandemic.