Obama Declares Swine Flu State Of Emergency
MSNBC reports that President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring swine flu a national emergency.
“In keeping with the administration’s proactive approach to H1N1 Flu, President Obama last night signed a proclamation declaring 2009-H1N1 Influenza a national emergency,” the White House said in a statement.
“The proclamation enhances the ability of our nation’s medical treatment facilities to handle a surge in H1N1 patients by allowing, as needed, the waiver of certain standard federal requirements on a case-by-case basis,” thre statement read.
Officials described the move as similar to a declaration ahead of a hurricane making landfall.