Navigation Links Exclusive: Leavitt Asks 'How Prepared Is the US for the Swine Flu Pandemic?'

WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The grassroots forum issued the following exclusive statement: "If this swine flu virus emerges as a pandemic level event," said former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt "it will be five months before a safe vaccine is ready." He goes on to say "The early indications have properly caused public health leaders around the world to react aggressively." The full statement is available at

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As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Leavitt was the primary figure in U.S. pandemic preparedness from 2005 to 2009. He represented the United States in negotiations on pandemic preparations with Mexico and other countries around the world and held pandemic preparedness summits in all 50 states and territories. is committed to providing the public a forum access the latest information on the pandemic swine flu, debate the issue and to organize their communities on how best to prevent the further spread of the flu. is a national grassroots movement dedicated to promoting public policies that protect the right of Americans to engage in free speech and vigorous public debate. The 501(c)(4) organization is calling on the American people to join the conversation, share links, upload videos, become local leaders, get involved, speak up, speak out and, most importantly, Speak On.

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