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  •  Glenn Beck (and his allies) are right!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    I thought I would never write this, but as you point out, they really got this one right (accidentally, of course, because their blinders got in the way).

    The Government promised 120 million doses but only got 27 million because the task was given to private companies which have a bottom line need to produce only what they are certain they can sell.  Since the emergency we face requires a stronger program, it should have been administered by the government.  That would have likely meant, of course, that more vaccine than needed would have been produced (what people like to call "government waste") but everyone would have been vaccinated, which was what was required under the circumstances.

    This, my friends, is the point.

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

    by Barth on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 07:55:22 AM PST

    •  Yeah, they could make it in all those empty (2+ / 0-)
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      government vaccination production facilities located in the FEMA concentration camps.

      The Death Panel people could be reassigned.

      Of course, the damned virus hasn't been very cooperative in the manufacturing process, but the government could just order it to grow faster.

      •  Not my point.... (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think they could make it grow faster, but I think that an entity with less profit motive and more get it done motive (such as the government of a United States of America serving its citizens rather than political patrons) would have prepared better and started producing a vaccine before it looked like money could be made.

        Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

        by Barth on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 08:47:06 AM PST

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        •  As a matter of fact, the government was involved (0+ / 0-)

          in streamlining the process by which the vaccine was developed for production, so that production could start sooner than would have normally been the case.

          But, the manufacturing capacity is as big as it is, and it is not likely to grow beyond what is normally required to produce vaccines for the market.

          So, either we nationalize the production and build facilities for the absolute worst case need, or we do the best we can with what exists in the private sector.

          What do you think the chances are that we can nationalize the production of vaccines in this country, given our politics?

          •  Its that last phrase "given our politics" (0+ / 0-)

            that, sadly answers the question, which put another way is

            what do you think the chances are that we can have the government insure that sufficient vaccine will be available, given our politics?

            I do not advocate "building facilities for the absolute worst case need" but that the profit motive be taken out of the equation.

            Important whining and Red Sox stuff at

            by Barth on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 08:04:33 AM PST

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