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  •  that's the same period (2+ / 0-)
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    that major vaccine production facilities have been shuttered, and our capability to quickly produce significant quantities of vaccine has declined.  It is also the same period during which (in large part because the guesses must come so early because of diminishing production capability) that the vaccine that was produced failed to target the flu variants that actually appeared in the US (three years in a row now, iwn't it?).

    If we're "almost there" why don't we have the capability in place to produce vaccines when they are developed?

    •  why don't you read this 7 part series (5+ / 0-)

      I linked to to get your answer?

      We need to switch to vat-brewed vaccine and away from egg based vaccine. The newer techniques will allow vaccine production in six weeks, not six months.

      But safety and scale need to be assured.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun May 03, 2009 at 09:03:19 AM PDT

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      •  We had an interesting discussion in class (1+ / 0-)
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        about climate change this week.

        Americans are convinced that technology and science can protect us from hazards such as these.   It is really an onerous misconception that science will be able to react in time to solve all our stupidities.  Toxic pollution is a great example of where the genie is out of the bottle and we have no technological fix for it.

        It does keep us employed but there may be a Luddite reaction when we don't solve all the world's problems by science.

        Give every American a fair chance at the race of life - A. Lincoln and B. Obama

        by captainlaser on Sun May 03, 2009 at 09:30:44 AM PDT

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      •  it's a nice "promise" . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        the problem is that we've shut down production facilities that did exist before validating and installing promised production facilities that do not yet exist.

        Sane policy would say "don't shut down what you've got until the replacement is in place".

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