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.
Comment: 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.