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Shortage of flu vaccine in US sparks political row

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7473.998-b (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:998
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The US shortage of flu vaccine continues to grab headlines, as Senator John Kerry accused the Bush administration of incompetence in allowing the situation to develop. Republicans retaliated by accusing Democrats of trying to score political points.

    The search to make up the shortfall has so far produced an extra nine million doses of vaccine, bringing the total number of doses available to 61 million. Health authorities had anticipated a supply of 100 million doses this season, but 48 million doses were ruled out after the British factory of one of the United States's two suppliers was found to …

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