Wednesday, October 20, 2004

From the Globe and Mail:
Flu vaccine Q&A
Why does the U.S. have a shortage of influenza vaccine?On Oct. 5, British regulators suspended the licence of vaccine maker Chiron, which operates a plant in Liverpool, after it was discovered that some of the flu vaccine it produced was contaminated with bacteria.

The United States was depending on Chiron for 48 million doses of flu vaccine -- half the country's supply -- but production was scrapped.

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