President Obama Declares H1N1 Flu a National Emergency
President Barack Obama has now declared H1N1 swine flu a national emergency.
At the same time, areas of Indiana are experiencing shortages of the
Obama Declares Swine Flu Emergency - H1N1 Vaccinations and Hand Sanitizers Run Low in Many Areas
Date: October 24, 2009
flu vaccine . Hand sanitizers, including brands such as Purell, are facing increased demand from consumers - and makers are having a hard time keeping up with that demand. Although there hasn't been a direct connection made between the demand for hand sanitizers, shortages and the swine flu, there has been a surge in sales since news of the H1NI virus broke and as the number of cases has risen.
President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government's initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.