t of their workers out at one time.
The report mainly aims to target and alert the private sectors that accounts for 85 percent of all entities in the U.S., including banks, hospitals and food production.
‘While the pandemic will not damage power lines, banks or computer networks, it has the potential ultimately to threaten all critical infrastructure’ when people get sick and discontinue work ‘for weeks or months.’
Steve Brozak, an analyst at WBB Securities in Westfield, New Jersey has predicted that even government institutions might fail, at least temporarily, during a pandemic.
According to Brozak industries such as nursing homes and for-profit prisons would not be able to survive a pandemic in their present form and insurance companies could be irreparably harmed.
In the event of an outbreak, employers should substitute teleconferences for face-to-face meetings and adopt liberal leave policies for workers with sick family members to reduce the risk of disease transmission, the administration's report said.
Officials also urged maintaining a distance of three feet at work to reduce the risk of getting sick.
The Bush Administration also plans to have enough bird-flu vaccine stockpiled for 20 million people. Supplies of antiviral drugs for 75 million people to reduce the severity of the disease and limiting the spread of the disease was also planned.
The government plans to expand the number of poultry vaccines from 40 million to 110 million doses to protect the $29 billion U.S. industry.
Compensation for people harmed by experimental flu vaccines would increase under an amendment to a government spending bill proposed by Senator Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat.
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