THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE AND THE WAR AGAINST BIRD FLU.
President Bush went to Congress early this month to ask for $7Bto prepare
the nation for a possible outbreak of Asian bird flu
http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN05/wn110405.html . The federalgovernment
has since become the world's biggest customer forTamiflu, produced by the Swiss
pharmaceutical giant, Roche. Thatwas good news for Secretary of Defense
Rumsfeld, who doesn't havebird flu. He doesn't have stock in Roche either,
but he doeshave millions of dollars worth of stock in a company named
GileadSciences, having been Gilead's Chairman prior to joining the
Bushadministration. Low-profile Gilead Sciences owns the rights toTamiflu,
which it outsources to Roche. There is little evidencethat the antiviral
drug would help much in a flu pandemic.
Quite troubling if it's true, and I'll try to add more later but Booger is kicking my ass this day and I'll be lucky to slip this post past the glitch-gremlins.