April, 2009

Preparing for Pandemic Flu

  • Tyler Cowen

    Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University
Key materials

Since 2006, Congress has allocated millions of dollars to preparations for an influenza pandemic. While preparation for a pandemic has improved somewhat, such preparation needs to occur in ways that are politically sustainable and remain useful even if a pandemic does not occur. First, Americans need to accept that we can’t “stop” a pandemic; we can only lessen its effects. Second, we need to acknowledge in our policies that the best response to such disasters is a decentralized one.