Skip to comments.U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses
Posted on 05/03/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT by george76
Grassley says he is worried about wasting tax dollars.
The United States still has 71 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine that have not been used, but it is not yet time to throw them out, the federal government said on Monday.
States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can start distributing seasonal vaccine for the coming influenza season in the autumn, said Health and Human Services Department spokesman Bill Hall.
Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance committee, released a letter on Monday that he sent to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her how much vaccine was left over and when it would expire.
H1N1 swine flu is still technically causing a pandemic and health officials say anyone who has not been vaccinated should still try, in case it causes a third wave of serious disease.
Sebelius said last month that 162 million doses were produced and distributed, but only 90 million actually got into people's arms or noses.
"Depending on the vaccine manufacturer, the shelf life of the H1N1 vaccines range from 18 weeks to 18 months, with some due to expire on June 30, 2010," Grassley wrote in his letter to Sebelius.
"I understand that it is not uncommon for some seasonal flu vaccines to be discarded each year, but the H1N1 vaccines were paid for with taxpayer dollars," he added, asking: "How many doses of vaccine are due to expire on June 30, 2010?"
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They weren’t needed anyway. It was all just a government scare to take our minds off the basic theft of this country and its rule of law principles during the financial uptakes, that’s all......just a government scam...
Inject 0bammie in1 dose!
Yeh, but with the new Helath Care...the next time around, it will be mandatory.
‘States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can start distributing seasonal vaccine for the coming influenza season in the autumn’.................That’s all it was anyway, this years seasonal flu, and a mild one at that.
But got to make it a crisis to take advantage of the crisis...
Dunno, but your mistype gave me a thought...you typed Helath Care...what if we extended and revised to Hell-Hath Care???? Because that’s what it will be....
Line them up in a row on the path of old Route 66 from NY to LA as a demonstration of government incompetence.
more government waste
Soon they will make sure to give out the expired shots first.
It occurs to me that the vaccine for H1N1 will only work on that strain, so hanging on to them doesn’t make a lot of sense.
“It occurs to me that the vaccine for H1N1 will only work on that strain, so hanging on to them doesnt make a lot of sense.”
They’ll wait for this winters flu strain and re-label them. Problem solved.
this was also payback i bet. sure the vaccine makers don’t care if the vaccine is used—as long as it was paid for. how much corruption will the american public stand for. maybe it has become immunized against it so it doesn’t matter anymore.
Probably not too bad for a government progam.
Yep :-) one of those was mine and I told them to keep their damn government induced flu hysteria vaccine.
I'm old enough to remember the first fake swine flu of the Jimmy Carter days.
If someone representing the USSA's government is talking, they are lying.
Just another liberal induced crisis that really wasn’t. I was amazed at the amount of FReeper trolls who kept posting how bad the flu was and how it wasn’t a fake epidemic at all. Strange, none of them have posted a “we are all going to die from the flu” for quite some time.
I still wonder what’s in this one and to whom it will be peddled off.
I never got one. They can throw mine away. :)
The weeks are out of order?
I didn’t get one either. They can give mine to Obamby after the expiration date.
What weeks are out of order?