Archive for Monday, October 26, 2009

Sebelius tells national TV audience that H1N1 vaccine is coming out as quickly as possible

October 26, 2009


Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line."

But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it. Late last week, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department canceled two of its three vaccination clinics scheduled for this week because of low supplies.

"We were relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers and as soon as we got numbers we put them out to the public. It does appear now that those numbers were overly rosy," Sebelius said in one interview. "We do have a vaccine that works," she said. Sebelius said the immune response is working faster than officials anticipated.

Appearing Monday morning on nationally broadcast news shows, she said officials now have a supply of about 16.5 million doses of the vaccine, while conceding that's millions of doses below the amount needed.

Sebelius said she couldn't predict just how widespread the virus will be. Roughly a thousand people have died from it so far in the United States. But she also said officials do not believe there is yet any cause to close down schools and cease other daily activities.

President Barack Obama declared a health emergency over the weekend to give hospitals and health professionals more leeway from federal regulations to respond to the illness. And on Sunday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Congress would be happy to provide additional support and money on a bipartisan basis, if the need arises.

Said Sebelius: "If we had found the virus a little earlier we could have started a little earlier."

Asked what advice she would give to people who have waited futilely in line for shots, the secretary replied, "I want them to come back."

"I hope that people aren't discouraged," she said. "I know it's frustrating to wait in line and particularly if you end up with no vaccine. We wish this could have been smoother, that we had a larger supply. We knew it would come in waves."

Sebelius sought to assure people that eventually there will be enough supplies "for everyone."

Dr. Anne Schuchat, who heads the Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it's hard to predict how long the H1N1 wave will continue, so even getting vaccinated a few months from now — when vaccine supplies are more plentiful — won't be too late.

"It wouldn't be too late," she said. "We don't know how long this increase will go on. ... We might see another wave after the first of the year. I think it's important for people to take steps to protect themselves."

Sebelius appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS's "The Early Show" and NBC's "Today" show. Schuchat was interviewed on CNN.


justthefacts 8 years, 5 months ago

And yet, we are giving away 10% of the vacine we have:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Wednesday that one in 10 doses of the swine-flu vaccine purchased by the U.S. will be donated to other nations before the U.S. demand for the vaccine is filled.

gphawk89 8 years, 5 months ago

Norvatis in Switzerland is producing millions upon millions of doses. They have a different process that does not require egg albumen to grow the cultures - the cultures can be grown more quickly. The UK has ordered something like 60 million units - enough to immunize everyone there twice - and they placed that order several months ago. But our FDA has not approved that vaccine yet.

"I think it's important for people to take steps to protect themselves." Well, we would if you would let us.

...and we want our government to run our healthcare system? Good God, people, wake up!

thepianoman 8 years, 5 months ago

I won't have to worry about this. I refuse to take this vaccination. Just more junk to put in our bodies. Not for me!!

newmedia 8 years, 5 months ago

And we are expected to believe everything these people tell us?

gr 8 years, 5 months ago

"But our FDA has not approved that vaccine yet."

Why the delay? No one will be held liable, so just approve anything.

"Just more junk to put in our bodies. "

It's not just more "junk", but something deadly or at the minimal, very harmful. Nothing beneficial in it. Perhaps, the water, but I wouldn't count on it.

Those who still want to inject pig virus into you, even after researching it, may want to wait awhile to see how bad the first ones are harmed. GBS. You may become very familiar with those initials.

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