Senators Say Obama Will Get Any Flu Resources He Needs

(CNN) -- A Republican and a Democratic senator pledged their support Sunday if President Barack Obama asks for further resources to respond to the H1N1 flu outbreak.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the chamber's top Republican, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, told the ABC program "This Week" the government should have whatever resources it needs to deal with the global H1N1 pandemic.

Obama declared a national emergency Friday to enable his government to respond more quickly to the spreading flu virus.

The move allows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to temporarily waive or modify some requirements in order to help hospitals and other health care facilities enact emergency plans to deal with the outbreak.

Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, according to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said 16.1 million doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine had been made by Friday -- 2 million more than two days earlier. About 11.3 million of those had been distributed throughout the United States, Frieden said..

However, Frieden acknowledged that manufacturing delays have hindered the availability of vaccine, saying: "We are nowhere near where we thought we would be."

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