News coverage of President Bush's flu-response plan highlighted the worst-case scenario described by administration officials in which 2 million Americans could die and vaccines would have to be rationed.
Other stories discussed the possible impact on global trade and travel, noting that an avian flu outbreak could spur US travel restrictions. The White House asked Americans not to stockpile drugs like Tamiflu, which could slow government efforts. Critics charged that Bush's plan places too big a burden on state and local governments and does not address how a vaccination program will be implemented.
Most frequent messages
1. If a pandemic occurs, up to 2 million could die in the US
2. Vaccines would have to be rationed in a pandemic
3. An outbreak in another part of the world could prompt US travel restrictions
4. Bush's plan places too great a financial burden on state and local governments
5. Americans should not stockpile drugs like Tamiflu
Based on research of web versions of major US business and consumer media from Nov. 2-4, 2005
Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International