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  •  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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