Fight for swine flu vaccine could get ugly
July 16, 2009
by Maria Cheng
LONDON – An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine – and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.
Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country.
That does not bode well for many nations, including the United States, which makes only 20 percent of the regular flu vaccines it uses, or Britain, whose flu vaccines are all produced abroad.
“This isn't rocket science,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “If there is severe disease, countries will want to hang onto the vaccine for their own citizens.”
Experts say politicians would not be able to withstand the pressure.
“The consequences of shipping vaccine to another country when your own people don't have it would be devastating,” added David Fedson, a retired vaccine industry executive.
About 70 percent of the world's existing flu vaccines are made in Europe, and only a handful of countries are self-sufficient in vaccines. The U.S. has limited flu vaccine facilities, and because factories can't be built overnight, there is no quick fix to boost vaccine supplies…
sembra ci siano grosse difficoltà a reperire un grande numero di vaccini che servirebbe per effettuate le tanto proclamate vaccinazioni di massa..
in ogni caso personalmente verso l'inverno mi faccio un ciclo di echinacea o di semi di pompelmo per stimolare il sistema immunitario