President George W. Bush proposed the U.S. spend $7.1 billion for a program to defend against a potential flu pandemic, with much of the money going for vaccines and anti-flu drugs. The plan allots $2.8 billion for researching more reliable and faster ways to produce vaccine. Bush also recommended additional liability protection for vaccine manufacturers to help increase the number of such companies in the U.S. and called for spending $1 billion to increase stockpiles of Roche Holding's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza.

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