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    with a (sort of an) apology for not understanding that different within-compny clinics was the same company.

    Officials Defend Distribution of Flu Vaccine to Companies

    the problem:

    Citigroup has received 1,200 doses, more than half of what it requested, health officials said, and in late October, Goldman received 200 of the 5,400 doses it asked for. By contrast, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center received 200 of the 27,400 doses that it requested for its workers, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    That is just not right. Here's some good news:

    Citigroup and Goldman Sachs said they had administered the vaccine to pregnant women and employees with serious health conditions...

    A spokeswoman for Goldman said the bank, "like other responsible employers, has requested vaccine and will supply it only to employees who qualify."

    Frieden, the ex-NYC commissioner, is no dummy:

    News reports on Thursday that the two banks and other companies received doses of the vaccine led Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a former New York City health commissioner, to send out a letter reminding officials nationwide to make sure the vaccine goes only to people in high priority groups. Any decisions "that appear to direct the vaccine to people outside the identified priority groups have the potential to undermine the credibility of the program," he said.

    and the apology

    The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said: "My understanding is that Citi had multiple clinics and facilities, and they placed several orders. The person filling these might not have realized it was one company."

    "We are dealing with thousands of providers and thousands of orders," Dr. Farley said. "It’s not all going as smoothly as we would like it to go."

    So, that's better than CEOs get vaccine.

    "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 Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 01:31:24 PM PST

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