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New H1N1 vaccine scandal – government screwed up

U.S. Recalls 800,000 Swine Flu Vaccine
December 12, 2009 by Joanne Silberner

After massive efforts to convince the public that it should get vaccinated against the swine flu virus, the government Tuesday recalled 800,000 doses of vaccine targeted to children. The recall, which was based on potency concerns, may lead to fresh worries that the government rushed to get the product on the market too quickly.

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Government can’t help but ration services and benefits

Poll: One-third can find, get swine flu vaccine
November 6, 2009 by MIKE STOBBE

ATLANTA – Only about a third of adults who have tried to get a swine flu vaccine have been able to get it, according to a new national poll.

That’s true even for people are at extra risk for severe complications and should be at the front of the line. The numbers are about the same for parents who tried to get the vaccine for their higher-risk children, the Harvard School of Public Health poll found.

Swine flu vaccine has been available in the United States for about a month. But supplies have been limited because of manufacturing delays. The shots are only supposed to be go to those at high risk of complications.

The Harvard School of Public Health telephone poll also found that half of those who tried couldn’t find information about where to get the vaccine. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted last weekend and the results released Friday. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Where are the news stories reporting minorities are hardest hit by the H1N1 virus?

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Some problems with swine flu vaccine afterall

Students rushed to hospital after reaction to H1N1 vaccine
November 4, 2009 by The Commercial Dispatch

Yes, this sort of thing is normal for any type of drug: some people have unexpected reactions. But notice the overt effort in this story to put the reader at ease. Other drugs (which also have not gone through the normal FDA approval process) don’t usually get this positive treatment by the press. We don’t want any negative coverage on government control of a health care situation do we?

Eight of nine Caledonia High School students are in good condition after suffering reactions to the H1N1 vaccine administered today.

All but one of the students had been treated and released from Baptist Memorial Hospital by 4 this afternoon. The status of the hospitalized student is unknown.

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NPR’s selective info on the H1N1 flu vaccine

NPR’s selective info on the H1N1 flu vaccine
November 03, 2009 by Original America

NPR’s Richard Knox evidently forgot to keep up with the happenings of the H1N1 flu vaccine before delivering his report Marketing Flu Vaccine: A Tough Sell For Many. Here is some impartiality for us:

The nation is in the midst of the largest mass vaccination campaign against flu in history, but about half the population is saying they are not interested.

Many have a sense that the vaccine was rushed to production, compromising safety. Some are convinced that it contains harmful chemicals.

Neither is right, federal officials say. But they are clearly worried about vaccine naysayers and skeptics.

Did you catch the “have a sense that the vaccine was rushed to production” line, as if this were simply a matter of fear mongering? Knox must not have read that the CDC approved emergency use of the vaccine in late October: FDA approves emergency use of new intravenous flu drug, peramivir. In case you don’t know what “emergency use” means to the CDC, they define it on their website: Interim Questions and Answers About Emergency Use Authorization. Here is the first paragraph:

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Georgia Peanut Farmer Accepts Marxist’s Invitation to Harvest Coca Leaves

Georgia Peanut Farmer Accepts Marxist’s Invitation to Harvest Coca Leaves
May 03, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

Georgia peanut farmer Jimmy Carter is investigating a new cash crop.
The former democratic president and peanut farmer has reportedly accepted an invitation from Marxist Bolivian leader Evo Morales to harvest coca leaves on the communist’s plantation.

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Hillary On Mexico Crisis: Blame America First
March 26, 2009 by Bob Parks

Hillary Clinton has admitted that the US demand for illegal drugs and its consequent supply of weapons is fuelling the wave of violent killings in Mexico’s drug wars.

During a visit to Mexico, Clinton never wavered from a tone that repeatedly stressed the concept of “shared responsibility” that appeared designed to address historic Mexican sensibilities over heavy-handed treatment from its northern neighbour.

“We know very well that the drug traffickers are motivated by the demand for illegal drugs in the United States and that they are armed by the transport of weapons from the United States,” Clinton said.

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