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Douglas, top Obama Administration officials to lead H1N1 flu preparedness summit

first_imgGovernor Douglas will join via interactive television U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Education Secretary Duncan, and White House Homeland Security Advisor Brennan today for an all-day H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit with representatives from 54 states and territories.  Vermont officials participating in Washington, DC include AHS Secretary Rob Hofmann, VDH Commissioner Dr. Wendy Davis and Vermont Homeland Security Unit Director Captain Chris Reinfurt.The Flu Summit will focus on preparation and planning at every level of government for a fall flu season that is expected to include the seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The Summit will be held at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I am pleased to participate in this important event today to discuss with leaders across the country what state and the federal government can do to handle the H1N1 flu, said Governor Douglas.  I want to be sure that here in Vermont we are adequately prepared and appropriately handling this pandemic.The Summit will include remarks from White House Homeland Security Advisor Brennan, Secretaries Napolitano, Sebelius and Duncan, and a Secretaries Panel Discussion hosted by Governor O Malley.The Secretaries Panel will include a video conference with Governors Jim Douglas (VT), Jim Doyle (WI), Mark Parkinson (KS), John Baldacci (ME), and Jodi Rell (CT).The media availability will include Homeland Security Advisor Brennan, Governor O Malley and Secretaries Sebelius, Napolitano and Duncan. The Flu Summit will include a situational update from the Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, and various panel discussions with federal, state, and local health officials.The Summit can be viewed live at www.flu.gov(link is external) beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 9.  The Secretaries panel which Governor Douglas is taking part in begins at 9:30a.m. EDT.  The Plenary sessions can be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and again between 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.   The individual break-out sessions as well as the entire program will be available on-demand after the live broadcast.  Please note, you will need Flash (http://www.adobe.com(link is external)) installed on your computer in order to view the live video stream.last_img

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