Friday, September 16, 2005

Bird flu vaccine

Mass production of a new vaccine that promises to protect against bird flu is poised to begin, as the government on Thursday agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of inoculations.

The new contract with French vaccine maker Sanofi-Pasteur marks a major scale-up in U.S. preparation for the possibility that the worrisome virus could spark an influenza pandemic.

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Some people, either with more foresight, or more paranoia than I have, are stockpiling Tamiflu purchased via websites, mostly in Canada.

We are overdue for a pandemic, which, given the population densities and global interactions, could spread more rapidly than ever before. The goverment clearly believes, $100 million worth, there is a real threat.

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