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Commentary: Shortages beyond flu shots
Jennifer Brower, Washington Times, 11-9-04

This op-ed, by a policy analyst at the RAND Corp., points out that the flu vaccine is far from the only problem plaguing the nation’s vaccine supply system. “In the past six years there have been U.S. shortages of more than half of the 12 recommended childhood vaccines, and there could be more.” Ms. Brower recommends quick action to remedy the problems, which she says involves “a combination of tax incentives, liability protection, purchasing guarantees, and patent protections to do much more to ensure the adequate supply of vaccines and protect Americans from one of the largest sources of preventable death.”


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