Millions of Tax-Payer Dollars Wasted As Leftover H1N1 Vaccines Thrown Away
by TexasGOPVote on April 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM
The same federal government that is taking control of your health care bought almost twice as much H1N1 vaccine that was needed, so the rest has to be thrown away. According to the Washington Post:
Despite months of dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars, less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered -- leaving an estimated 71.5 million doses that must be discarded if they are not used before they expire.
...The prospect of millions of doses of the once-precious vaccine being discarded is the latest twist in the $1.6 billion program -- the most ambitious immunization campaign in U.S. history. The government-led effort produced a vaccine in record time, but unexpected production problems delayed delivery of the bulk of supplies until after the second wave of infections had peaked, leaving millions anxious and frustrated as they scrambled for the shots and nasal sprays.
It's great to know that in a time when our economy is already in such turmoil, millions and millions of dollars are being thrown down the drain!