Cody Barstow at Mojo City News is worried – very, very worried – about the Bird Flu, and has developed a series of pieces addressing the likelihood of pandemic, damage and mortality rates, policy failures, policy prescriptions, and then some.
I’m not quite sure how terrified to be. I know a couple folks at the CDC who seem concerned, but not at all panic-stricken. However, we don’t seem to be mounting a program of action that’s in line with either the top end or mid-point of the threat probability range as I understand it. Which could mean that I understand it wrong, or it could mean that the government is failing to act appropriately. (Will and Steve, you’re both invited to comment here and tell me where I’m wrong.)
Now, I trust the folks I know at the CDC. But I do not trust legislators and our friends in the executive branch. You know, the ones who gave us this:
“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
I can’t help wondering if the White House’s grand strategy involves using a pandemic as an excuse to deploy the military on US soil under the pretense of preventing further spread of the disease. And if you think Bush’s lack of an exit strategy for Iraq bothers me, ask me how I feel about the lack of an exit strategy for North Carolina.
One thing I fully agree with Barstow about, though. The last thing in the world I much care about is Roche’s patent rights in the face of this sort of threat. Let the lawyers sort that one out later….