Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Why Won't HHS Approve Crucial Flu Vaccine?

by Jeff Stier

The incompetence, dissembling and lack of transparency at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is already well-established. But the degree to which the mess at HHS jeopardizes our health is only beginning to come to light. And it has nothing to do with Obamacare.

As we approach a busy holiday travel season, as cold weather grips much of the nation and as flu season gets into high gear, HHS is failing to make clear their intentions about when they'll green-light the manufacture of a vaccine for the particularly deadly H7N9 strain of avian flu from China.

H7N9 spread from chickens to humans in China this spring. It killed approximately a third of the people infected. So HHS was right to quickly partner with pharmaceutical firms to develop, test, and order some 20 million doses of vaccine to stockpile for those on the front lines, such as military and first responders. While the doses could be manufactured in record time, 60 days according to estimates, a supply must be in place (but not administered) before a pandemic starts......To Read More......

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