Swine flu could infect half of the U.S. population and kill as many as 90,000, more than twice the number of casualties incurred in a typical seasonal flu.
The White House said in a report today that President Obama has been encouraged to push for quicker and more widespread vaccine production and appoint a staffer to be in charge of the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Thirty to 50 percent of the country's population will be infected in the fall and winter. A typical seasonal flu infects about 36,000, the report said.
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