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[*] Post 392613 posted on 6-11-2009 at 16:36 Reply With Quote
Swine flu vaccine--U.S.



There is a shortage of swine flu vaccine in the U.S. The flu is spreading in the population already, and 1000 Americans have died, but millions of people who want the vaccine and who are at risk of death because of conditions which make them more vulnerable are unable to get it. The production and distribution is behind by tens of millions of doses, compared to what was promised.

Why is the vaccine situation so bad? Because this year, for the first time, it is part of government health care. Until last year, although the government had some involvement, private means were used for distribution. This year, both production and distribution are under government control.

The least expensive, most efficient way to produce the vaccine is in muliti-use vials. Perhaps you've seen the kind on TV--the syringe goes into the little bottle and draws out a dose, and then is injected. A new needle and syringe is used for the next patient's dose, etc., until the bottle is used up.

The government decided to have the swine flu vaccine made in single-dose quantities. This makes it more expensive, and it takes longer to manufacture. That put the whole program behind schedule.

With respect to distribution of the vaccine, the government has screwed up badly. There are hospitals and doctors' offices that have not yet gotten the vaccine, who have patients at high risk. But the prisoners at Guantanamo have gotten the vaccine. (Did anybody consider, that most prisoners are not in a high risk group? How many of them are pregnant mothers?) Cuba is an ISLAND--the prisoners are not being held in conditions where they interact with people who have the flu. Wall Street firms have gotten large quantities of vaccine, even though some hospitals have not. City Bank, for example, got theirs. One of the financial institutions got 1000 doses of vaccine, and donated it to a local children's hospital, because they realized the children needed it more than they did. Why didn't the sawdust-headed government officials give the vaccine to the high-priority patients first?

Obama's girls got their vaccinations.

We never had these problems with private health care. It was messed up in a single year, when the government took it over. And people are dying because of it.

Incidentally, there will be more deaths this year from the regular, seasonal flu, because there is a shortage of seasonal flu vaccine as well. The government ordered that the vaccine companies stop making the seasonal vaccine, so that they could spend their resources on swine flu vaccine instead--but, not enough seasonal flu vaccine had been made. If the government had not interfered, the companies could have continued to make seasonal flu vaccine until there was enough, AND could have started making swine flu vaccine in the cheaper, faster-to-produce multiple-use bottles, and used the distribution channels that had worked successfully under private direction in previous years.

But, NO! The government messed it up. That is Government Tyranny U.S. Health Care.
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[*] Post 392625 posted on 6-11-2009 at 18:33 Reply With Quote


So the Yanks cock things up, nothing new there, eh?


Meanwhile in the UK, things are going according to plan, thanks to our marvellous NHS. :)
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[*] Post 392665 posted on 7-11-2009 at 00:04 Reply With Quote


If the US were to have government health care, perhaps the Scotts should run it for us. :D
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