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  • WHO Ratchets Up Pandemic Alert Level a Notch

    In another signal that the world may be closer to an influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization tonight announced that it has upped the pandemic alert level from 3 to 4, signaling increased human-to-human spread of a virus with pandemic potential. The decision was announced during a late-night press conference from Geneva by WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment ad interim, Keiji Fukuda.

  • Will Stopping Travel Stop the Flu?

    As part of its effort to slow the spread of swine flu, the U.S. government plans to issue an advisory later today for its citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. At a press conference today, Richard Besser, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the government decided to issue the advisory “out of an abundance of caution.”

  • Obama at the Academy, V : Hungry Audience, Meaty Speech

    The warm reception at the National Academy of Sciences was also a coming-out party for President Barack Obama, cementing his reputation as a virtual rock star among U.S. scientists. His substantial but not particularly newsy remarks were probably a little less than the Gospel from on high, but the crowd lapped it up. All the clamor—a crowd of nearly 1000, scientists arriving at 6 a.m. for the 9 a.m.

  • WHO May Raise Pandemic Threat Level

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to raise the pandemic threat level of the current swine flu outbreak within an hour.

    The Geneva-based organization planned to convene its Emergency Committee, called under the rules of the International Health Regulations, on Tuesday to reevaluate the threat level but bumped it up 1 day.

  • Obama at the Academy IV: Speech Text

    From the White House:


    Office of the Press Secretary



    April 27, 2009

    Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery

    National Academy of Sciences

    Washington, DC

    April 27, 2009

  • Obama at the Academy, II

    From the White House press release; our analysis coming soon.


    Today, President Obama will speak before the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, and discuss his plans to reinvigorate the American scientific enterprise through a bold commitment to basic and applied research, innovation, and education.

  • Obama at the Academy, I

    "The President of the United States is in the building," said Ralph Cicerone this morning at the academy as thousands of scientists filled the hallways, member center, great hall, auditorium, and offices. 

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