George W. Bush Understood Pandemic Risk in 2005

In the summer of 2005, the president George W. Bush, after reading a book about the 1918 pandemic, created an action plan prepared for a pandemic scenario. The plan included funding for vaccine research, storage of essential supplies and a playbook and simulation exercises. It seems that he realised the importance of speed of action in a pandemic scenario:

“A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire,” Bush said at the time. “If caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smolder, undetected, it can grow to an hell that can…