Thursday, October 22, 2009

U.S. senator envies Canada's H1N1 vaccines

U.S. senator envies Canada's H1N1 vaccines; CBC News

A U.S. senator looked longingly at Canada's H1N1 vaccine supply Wednesday, as Americans rushed to get vaccinated against the swine flu virus and some places ran short of doses.

Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat from Connecticut, attributed the U.S. shortage in part to countries such as Canada, where H1N1 vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline faced pressure from Ottawa to "fill Canadian needs" for the vaccine before supplying the United States.

Lieberman told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he was "not blaming Canada."

Canada's response is understandable, he said, but it highlights how the U.S. urgently needs to expand its own manufacturing capacity for vaccines.

: Really; the US urgently needs to expand its own manufacturing for vaccines. Boy, if these jokers aren't always on the look out for the next big calamity to expand government (and let's be real, this has all the makings of a manufactured event).

Well as soon as the federal government takes over the entire health care system, to include the manufacturing portion, Mr. Lieberman and the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee should have no problem keeping America safe from all those nasty little viruses as well as Al Kaeda.


Tom Sawyer said...

The irony is that (or so I heard) Lieberman is opposed to the most recent version of Obamacare. The Baucus Bill is it?

So he's opposed to that expansion of federal government, but can't seem to get the general idea out of his head. It never occurs to these guys that where there is a legit or even perceived need, the free market will always find a way to fill it, providing government stays the %^&* out of the way.

primerica life insurance said...

Our supplies aren't that big anyway. Canada has a population of more than 30 million people, the government shipped only cca 2 million doses of the vaccine so far.

Anyway, I still think that this is just a big business game.