WASHINGTON (CNN) - An H1N1 flu vaccine should be ready in October if a strain now moving through the southern hemisphere heads north for the fall and winter, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sebelius said the vaccine still must undergo clinical trials to ensure it is both effective against the virus and safe for people.
"We're on track to have a vaccine ready by mid-October," she said.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/19/art.orszagwall0719.cnn.jpg caption="White House Budget Director Peter Orszag said Sunday that unemployment will lag behind the rest of the economy once the economy begins to turn around."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House Budget Direct Peter Orszag said Sunday that the struggling economy has backed away from the precipice it was teetering on late last year but a return to economic growth has not occurred yet.
“Where we are is the sense of free fall that we had back in December . . . we’ve stepped back from that precipice but we’re not yet in the growth zone,” Orszag said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Most private sector forecasters are suggesting that won’t happen till later this year.”
Orszag also said Sunday that unemployment – now approaching 10 percent nationally – could take some time to turn around.
“None of this is easy,” Obama Budget Director Peter Orszag said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “there’s a reason why this hasn’t happened in 50 years and we’re making a lot of progress.”
Orszag reiterated the president’s commitment to sign a health care reform bill only if it is deficit-neutral over the first ten years after passage and Orszag acknowledged that “in the short run, some additional revenue is going to be required” to meet that condition.
Orszag revealed Sunday the White House has proposed to Congressional leaders legislative text relating to an independent commission of doctors. That panel, the administration believes, would help make the policymaking process more flexible by ultimately leading to lower health care costs and higher quality over time.
Orszag also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that getting the legislation done by August remains the White House’s “goal.”