Vaccine Vacuum: What Can Be Done to Protect Seniors? Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, May 30, 2001   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Ron Wyden. "I want to begin with an announcement this morning. Today, I was able to talk with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, and we discussed the flu shortage issue and the problems that we have experienced in this country. He shares my view that it is time to put in place a system that really works for senior citizens and communities across this country. Fortunately, it was possible to dodge the bullet last winter due to a variety of circumstances that we will discuss this morning, but that is not always going to be the case. It is unacceptable, in my view, that a dose of vaccine becomes a rare privilege in this country and that there would be a hit and miss system where many vulnerable people simply end up going without this essential healthcare services. So, this morning, I asked Secretary Thompson to create within the next 60 days, a plan to insure that we do not have a shortage this winter or in the days ahead. The Federal Government has been studying this issue for long enough. The Federal Government has been examining this kind of question now for more than a decade." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ron Wyden, Mary Keene, Janet Heinrich, John Sattenspiel, Stephen Allred, Kieji Fukuda, Sanford Kaufman, Matthew J. Rowan, Steve Skoronski, Grant Higginson, Gary A. Condit, and Aventis Pasteur.

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